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Marshdale Farms – 2018

Nestled in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County lies Marshdale Farms, owned and operated by Megan and her husband Erik, where they raise beef cattle and specialty cut flowers.

“The flower crop is definitely my end of the operation, I have a background in plant science so I guess you could say I’m a huge plant nerd,” Megan explained.

2018 marks the third year for Megan’s flower crop, the flowers are her way of growing the family farms legacy – something that is very important to her.

You may wonder why she decided to start growing flowers, Megan wanted to find a niche that would use her education and creativity and fill a market gap in a community that is very locally minded and fresh cut flowers seemed to be the best choice to fulfill those needs.

This will be Marshdale Farms first time participating in Open Farm Day and they can’t wait to showcase their beautiful flowers! Visitors will get to see all of the growing stages on a small flower farm, across the quarter acre you will see a large variety of annual and perennial flowers. Visitors will also get to see flowers in bloom, areas that have been harvested, and even the immature perennial beds – all located next to one of their hay fields

When asked why they wanted to participate in Open Farm Day Megan replied,

“Farming isn’t as familiar to people as it used to be and transparency is very important to my customers. Open Farm Day can help meet those needs. Besides, I often only get to see my customers on market day! An event like this means I get a chance to visit with them and show them a bit about how local flowers are grown.”

According to Megan, many people don’t know that Nova Scotia is home to a growing number of small flower farms. She says this is true for all of Canada.

Did you know: This year Open Farm Day falls during the very first Canadian Flowers Week, which celebrates the fantastic flowers grown in Canada and the people who work with them!

Curious about what Megan’s favourite part of Open Farm Day is?

“I love that lots of different farms get involved, so if a family is up for a road trip they can see plenty of different crops and animals all in one day.”


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