Alberta farmers putting on a really big show

Open Farm Days scheduled from Aug. 20 - 21

Humphrey Banack said visitors were “amazed” at the scale of his equipment when they visited his Round Hill operation last year on Open Farm Days.
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Nearly 100 Alberta farm families will be welcoming visitors to their operations for Open Farm Days on Aug. 21.

The long list of participants includes a variety of livestock operations (cattle, bison, alpaca, sheep, llama, goat, poultry, and heritage pigs); crop farms (honey, fruit, vegetable, and grain); organic operations; and agri-tourism businesses (U-pick, corn mazes, petting zoos, wineries, meaderies, and distilleries).

There are also demonstration farms and displays from agriculture societies, including the Enchant Demonstration Farm (integration of cropland and habitat enhancements); Rancho Relaxo (permaculture); Big Country Agriculture Society (displays along with demonstrations of sheep shearing, flour grinding, bread making, and making butter and ice cream); and Airdrie & District Agricultural Society (horticulture and bench show).

As well, there are tours at Canada Gold Lamb Farm/Sungold Speciality Meats (farm tour with lamb producers and vets along with shearing and sheep dog demonstrations); the historic Bassano Dam (put on by the Eastern Irrigation District); Farming Smarter’s Lethbridge research farm; and the Reclaim Urban Farm in Edmonton.

On both Aug. 20 and 21, local chefs will team with Alberta producers to offer 23 culinary events.

For a complete list, go to the Alberta Open Farm Days website. For farm visits, click on ‘Farm Experiences’ and then on individual farms for information on their event as well as directions. There is no cost to visit farms and ticket information for the culinary events can be found by clicking on ‘Culinary Experiences’ and then on individual events.

Open Farm Days, now in its fourth year, is a collaboration of the province, Ag for Life, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta, and participating host farms and ranches.

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