With the school holidays approaching, farmers in the Mudgee region have thrown open their gates to city slickers.
Two of the three farms in the central west, participating in the NSW Department of Primary Industries Visit My Farm initiative, are from the Mid-West.
Mudgee’s Roth Family Orchard and Karrabool Olives have signed up, along with Hillside Harvest in Orange.
DPI Manager Business and Social Resilience Programs, Sonia Muir said spring is a wonderful time to bring urban and farming communities together and to take advantage of the Visit My Farm agri-tourism trial.
“There is always a lot of exciting things happening on a farm during spring, making these school holidays the ideal time to consider visiting a farm for a day, a morning or an hour,” Ms Muir said.
“Visit My Farm not only helps people to connect with a farmer, it can help connect people with where their food comes from and how it is produced.
“Some farmers are looking to add diversity to their farming operations and are keen to provide a window into farm life so people better understand what farmers do.”
The Roth Family Orchard experience encourages visitors to, “come visit our orchard to taste our sweet, juicy cherries fresh from the tree. You’ll be amazed by the flavour of our premium quality cherries picked fresh from the orchard”.
Karrabool Olives are described as a, “small boutique producer of award winning extra virgin olive oil and table olives. We have around 3500 trees of mainly Tuscan varieties”.
Ms Muir said the Visit My Farm new online platform provides an easy way for people to meet and chat with a farmer and the gorgeous photo gallery shows what happens on a working farm and how people can learn about agriculture.
“Depending on the farm, visitors can do things like pat an alpaca or a calf, feed the baby lambs, pick fresh fruit or watch a cow being milked,” Ms Muir said.
“Spring is a lovely time of the year to be outdoors, cultivate your senses or enjoy an old-fashioned morning tea in a beautiful rural environment.
“The Visit My Farm website provides farm profiles on over sixty host farms located across the state for visitors to see what farm experiences are available to them.”