Last Sunday was “Open Farm Day” in Manitoba. This event, sponsored by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, invites people who don’t normally experience farm life to get out of their towns and cities and go visit farms. Over forty farms invited visitors to spend part of the day with them. Our MHV Livery Barn Restaurant was one of two locations in Manitoba where “Supper From the Field” was served. Chefs from the Canadian Culinary Federation prepared locally grown food for approximately 250 guests. Both the 4:00 and 6:00 meal sittings were sold out. Many of the dinner guests were first time MHV visitors and also spent time in the Village either before of after the meal. This is our second year of partnership with MAFRI.

Mennonites have been known for their expertise in agriculture for many years. In the eighteenth century Catherine the Great of Russia negotiated an arrangment with a Mennonite delegation making it attractive for Mennonites to migrate from Prussia (Poland) to Russia to help in the development of agriculture. This migration began in 1789 and brought the Mennonite agricultural skills to Russia. In the nineteenth century the Mennnonites brought their expertise to Canada. So today it is fitting that MHV participates in this "Open Farm Day", in part to remind the public of the agricultural part of our history and of that particular contribution to society.

Last Sunday was “Open Farm Day” in Manitoba. This event, sponsored by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, invites people who don’t normally experience farm life to get out of their towns and cities and go visit farms. Over forty farms invited visitors to spend part of the day with them. Our MHV Livery Barn Restaurant was one of two locations in Manitoba where “Supper From the Field” was served. Chefs from the Canadian Culinary Federation prepared locally grown food for approximately 250 guests. Both the 4:00 and 6:00 meal sittings were sold out. Many of the dinner guests were first time MHV visitors and also spent time in the Village either before of after the meal. This is our second year of partnership with MAFRI.

Mennonites have been known for their expertise in agriculture for many years. In the eighteenth century Catherine the Great of Russia negotiated an arrangment with a Mennonite delegation making it attractive for Mennonites to migrate from Prussia (Poland) to Russia to help in the development of agriculture. This migration began in 1789 and brought the Mennonite agricultural skills to Russia. In the nineteenth century the Mennnonites brought their expertise to Canada. So today it is fitting that MHV participates in this "Open Farm Day", in part to remind the public of the agricultural part of our history and of that particular contribution to society.

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Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.

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