A national day aimed at educating city Australians about how farms work has been a hit.

Wool producer and Australian rural woman of the year, Deb Bain, developed the first Australian Farm Day in Victoria in 2006 as a way for city families to visit their country counterparts and learn where food comes from. Seventy-five families participated and there was interest from other states.

This year Farm Day was staged nationally and more than 200 families participated in the free day, helping in a range of activities including mustering cattle, drenching sheep and seed planting.

Over 40% of city Australians have never visited a farm, despite farming being a strong part of the Australian psyche.