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Barr Estate Winery near Sherwood Park has been producing fruit wines since 2009, but the farm’s cattle were the big draw for the younger set during this year’s edition of Alberta Open Farm Days. Despite the pandemic, more than 80 farms and other ag enterprises participated this year, giving visitors a welcome break during a […] Read more

It won’t be a typical Open Farm Days this year, but visitors will still be able to experience the sights at participating operations.

Open Farm Days ready to rise to the challenge

Things will be much different this year but organizers are confident the event will be successful

As they say, ‘The show must go on.’ And that’s how the organizers of Alberta Open Farm Days feel. “As we got into Stage 2 (of pandemic reopening), we looked at the regulations to see whether it could go ahead. This wasn’t something we took lightly,” said Nicola Doherty, marketing co-ordinator with Alberta Open Farm […] Read more


The popularity of Open Farm Days continues to grow — both with Albertans and the province’s farm sector.

Apply now to be an Open Farm Days host farm

Deadline for host applications is May 31

Applications are now open for farmers and ranchers wanting to host visitors during this year’s Open Farm Days. The annual event, which takes place on Aug. 17-18 this year, set records in 2018 for the number of participating farms and on-farm sales. Now entering its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary […] Read more

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


A display at Banack's Homestead during Open Farm Days.

Alberta Open Farm Days hosts wanted

Registration deadline is May 31

Farmers and ranchers are invited to share stories, educate, and expand their markets as hosts for Alberta Open Farm Days, which takes place on Aug. 18-19. Alberta Open Farm Days is a province-wide, two-day event that showcases agriculture, local food, and ag-tourism by inviting the public to come out and directly experience the farm. Alberta […] Read more

More choices than ever at Open Farm Days

Open Farm Days runs Aug. 19-20

Alberta Open Farm Days continues to grow and this year has reached triple digits. More than 100 farms, ranches, and other operations with a connection to agriculture will be opening their doors to the public on Aug. 19-20. Visiting farms is free and a complete list can be found at www.albertafarmdays.com. The website also has […] Read more


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.

Alberta farmers putting on a really big show

Open Farm Days scheduled from Aug. 20 - 21

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, […] Read more

Rural Alberta students promote ag in Calgary

Acme high school students became teachers for a day

Two high school students from Acme — Monique Uittenbogerd and Maria Penner — recently became teachers for the day, educating over 100 Little Green Thumbs elementary students in Calgary about life on the farm. The Little Green Thumbs program is part of Ag for Life’s educational outreach efforts and informs 5,000 students across Alberta about […] Read more


Producers wanted for Open Farm Days

Province-wide event to be held August 22 - 23, 2015

Organizers of Alberta Open Farm Days are looking for producers to be hosts this year. More than 60 farms and ranches signed up last year, and farmers who are considering being part of this year’s event can get more information and see videos of past participants at albertafarmdays.ca. The main event is on Aug. 23 […] Read more

More than 5,000 children have experienced a hands-on tour hosted by ‘Farmer Nichole’ at Neubauer Farms.

Door always open at Neubauer Farms

Farmer Nichole knows all the cool stuff, like what’s in your 
cereal and farm eggs are just like the ones in the store

This is the first year Nichole Neubauer has participated in Open Farm Days — but few producers are more experienced in explaining ag to urbanites. ‘Farmer Nichole’ has hosted more busloads of children than she can count since starting the Growing Minds Program on her and husband Mark’s mixed operation just southwest of Medicine Hat. […] Read more