Applications are open for farms and ranches to host visitors during this year’s Open Farm Days, Aug. 17-18. Last year, a record number of participating farms, ranches and visitors set a new high for on-farm sales.
“We hope even more farms and ranches get involved in this year’s Open Farm Days. The event helps farmers meet new customers, share their story and grow their businesses. It’s also a fun and educational way for Albertans and visitors to take in Alberta’s ag-tourism experiences and learn more about where their food comes from,” said Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism.
Now entering its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary events and tours. Last year, 117 farms participated, 16 per cent more than in 2017, and visits were up 17 per cent to 23,543. Farm sales in 2018 reached almost $190,000 over the two days, up 30 per cent from the year before.
Participating hosts can access product development supports such as business coaching, industry learning opportunities and regional networks. The deadline for host applications is May 31. For more information visit albertafarmdays.ca.
Open Farm Days is a collaborative project presented by the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms and ranches.