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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

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



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

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

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