Farming families celebrate

MAIKE VAN DER HEIDE
Last updated 10:15 28/03/2014
Avery family
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The Avery family Doug and Wendy, daughter-in-law Shelley and son Fraser with Oliver and Quinn

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Farming, family, history and fun will come together for a special day at Rai Valley's Carluke Domain this Sunday.

As part of the United Nations International Year of Family Farming, an event for farmers and townies alike has been organised.

Food stalls, live music, including Mel Parson and the Bitches' Box, children's entertainment, including story time and a bouncy castle, and all things farming will be on show at the domain.

Learn to make butter, take a look at vintage machinery or some of the crafts. Some of the district's oldest families will have stalls showcasing their farming history with photographs, artefacts and information on the lives of the pioneer settlers.

Marlborough and Nelson organisations and businesses linked to farming and marine farming will also be present.

Diane Payton, president of Rural Women Marlborough, as well as the Rai Valley branch, and one of the event co-ordinators, said organisers hoped to attract visitors of all ages, particularly the young, urban and rural, from both Nelson and Marlborough to the celebration. "This is a worldwide event and we feel privileged that Rai Valley has been chosen to host this in the top of the South."

Guest speakers include Grassmere's Doug Avery, Landcorp Communicator of the Year in 2013, who will talk about the journey of farming families.

Similar events have been organised for North Otago, Rangiora, Ashburton, Helensville, Carterton and Stratford. Worldwide, the International Year of Family Farming is focusing on sustainability, food security, the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, and helping people step up out of poverty.

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- The Marlborough Express

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