Townies learn about life on the farm
4:00AM Saturday Feb 28, 2009
By Vaimoana Tapaleao

Brian and Dianne Duder are looking forward to showing city-dwellers where their milk comes from. Photo / Glenn Jeffrey

Townies will have the chance to find out exactly where their milk comes from tomorrow, as farms throughout the country are opened to the public.

About 30 farms are taking part in the Federated Farmers Farm Day where the public - city-dwellers in particular - are invited to see how farms work.

One farm preparing its cattle and sheep for the big day is Brian and Dianne Duder's dairy operation, Waitiro Farm, in Clevedon, South Auckland.

Mrs Duder says she is looking forward to showing people how hard it is to run a farm and also seeing the surprise on children's faces.

"It's really about letting urban people, or townies, come out and see how farmers work and especially the children - it lets them see where the milk really comes from," she said.

"They're the ones that will get the best out of [Farm Day]."

Covering 75ha, Waitiro Farm has been run by four generations of the Duder family since the 1860s.

Mrs Duder said inviting people on to the property would show them the importance of agriculture in the New Zealand economy, while also reminding them of their roots.

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