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Questions from visitors make “you realize the other things you should be talking about and explaining,” says Andria Carlyon of Triple Lyoness Farm. From left are Briana Carlyon, Derrick Rimmer, Andria, Rod, Janet, and Jessica Carlyon.

Open Farm Days has quickly become an Alberta institution

The event’s popularity has soared, with a twentyfold increase in visitors since its inception six years ago

Reading Time: 4 minutes Farmers are stepping up to the plate to satisfy the growing appetite of Albertans who want to experience agriculture first hand. More than 100 rural operations are on the hosting list for this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days on the Aug. 18-19 weekend. Even those involved in agriculture may be amazed at the variety of […] Read more

PaSu Farm has diversified its sheep operation by selling wool products in its gift shop, said owner Susan de Rosemond.

Agritourism sustains central Alberta sheep farm

Reading Time: 3 minutes Susan de Rosemond had three strikes against her when she decided to become a sheep farmer in the late 1970s. First, she was an immigrant. Second, she was a woman. And the killing blow? She wanted to be a sheep farmer in beef country. “When I went to apply for my mortgage, the bank managers […] Read more

Leona and Blaine Staples have grown their U-pick operation to a full-blown agritourism venture.

Shop local trend has changed the game at the Jungle Farm

Leona and Blaine Staples have continually diversified their farm 
to capitalize on changing consumer shopping trends

Reading Time: 3 minutes Leona and Blaine Staples produce a bit of a different kind of commodity on their operation near Penhold. “We really farm people,” said Leona Staples, who has been running the Jungle Farm with husband Blaine since 1996. “One of the passions in our life is sharing our farm with the rest of the world. We […] Read more

Top guns for agri-tourism workshops coming to Airdrie

Agri-tourism, farm-direct marketing workshops being held Feb. 23 – 24

Reading Time: < 1 minute You can learn from the best about agri-tourism and farm-direct marketing at two workshops being held on Feb. 23 in Leduc and Feb. 24 in Airdrie. They will be led by Mark Saunders and Angela Grant of Saunders Farm, an award-winning operation near Ottawa that began welcoming farm visitors 25 years ago. “Originally a strawberry […] Read more