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Farms can still sign up for Alberta Open Farm Days

Farms can still sign up for Alberta Open Farm Days

Registration deadline is May 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hopefully, visitors won’t have to stay “two llamas apart” when Alberta Open Farm Days rolls around in August. The nine-year-old event stayed calm and carried on last summer, with 77 host farms (and two dozen culinary events) welcoming socially distanced visitors. That was only about half the usual number, and activities that put people in […] Read more

Open Farm Days same, but different

Open Farm Days same, but different

Reading Time: < 1 minute More than 80 farms, ag-tourism operations and other enterprises welcomed visitors during Alberta Open Farm Days earlier this month, including Sturgeon River Stock Farm. The Onoway-area farm had a variety of offerings including equipment and 4-H displays along with old-fashioned ice cream making. But as usual, it was the two-footed and four-footed farm residents that […] Read more

Open Farm Days registration now open

Open Farm Days registration now open

Reading Time: < 1 minute Registration is now open for farms and ranches to be part of the next edition of Open Farm Days. Host farms open their gates to share their agricultural experiences with their urban neighbours and to help them understand where their food comes from. In 2019, more than 150 host farms were part of Open Farm […] Read more

Visitors to HGB Bison Ranch were surprised by the calmness of the animals and eager to learn details of how they’re raised.

‘Enthusiasm and happiness abound’ at Alberta Open Farm Days

Cute animals are a big draw but people ‘genuinely want to see what we’re doing,’ say farm hosts

Reading Time: 6 minutes The focus was on food and farming all over the province during Open Farm Days where Albertans showed they are interested in where their food comes from. More than 100 farms participated this year, including HGB Bison Ranch just south of Olds. It was a brand new experience for Heather and George Briggs, who were […] Read more

Richard Ozero of Good Morning Honey shows some of his equipment during a media event aimed at encouraging more producers to participate in Alberta Open Farm Days.

Open Farm Days a sweet deal for everyone, says new participant

Honey producers meet lots of their customers at farmers’ markets but are excited about hosting farm visitors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Richard and Amber Ozero have never been part of Open Farm Days before — but can’t wait to participate this year. Operators of any sort of farm are being encouraged to sign up for the Aug. 18-19 event, and for the Ozeros, it was an opportunity to introduce their honey business to a new audience. […] Read more

Alberta Open Farm Days coming up

Alberta Open Farm Days coming up

Over 90 farms expected to open their doors for August event

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Open Farm Days gives farmers and ranchers a chance to invite their urban cousins and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the people who grow their food. The event takes place Aug. 19-20 and it’s expected more than 90 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators […] Read more

Open Farms Days breaks record for visitors and sales

Reading Time: < 1 minute The latest edition of Open Farm Days broke records as visitors flocked to farms and ranches across the province to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Alberta. Newly released data shows there were close to 18,000 visits to the 92 farms and ranches hosting events and activities Aug. 20-21, while 26 culinary events […] Read more

Parking is one of the factors to consider when 
participating in Open Farm Days.

Educate consumers through Open Farm Days

Reading Time: < 1 minute Registration for Open Farm Days 2016 is now open. Last year’s event had more than 70 participating farms; 18 farm-to-table culinary events; 10,000 visits to farms; and almost $100,000 in food and on-farm sales. The event, which runs from Aug. 20-21 this year, provides an opportunity to support local food producers, educate consumers about agriculture, and […] Read more

Terry Banack asked her Open Farm Days visitors what is made from the little black seeds in her hand. Their curiosity about modern farming was ‘refreshing,’ she said.

Open Farm Days: This is how you connect with consumers

Yes, there were questions about GMOs and hormones in meat, 
but the farm visitors were just ‘amazed’ by what they saw and learned

Reading Time: 4 minutes As farm leaders, Humphrey Banack and Kent Erickson are well aware that consumers are increasingly critical about how their food is produced. So they were expecting tough questions when they put up the ‘Come On In’ sign for this year’s edition of Alberta Open Farm Days. But that’s not what happened. “They were amazed at […] Read more

Want to be part of Open Farm Days? Here’s some tips

Show the link between farm and fork, line up the equipment in the yard, and take people’s breath away by talking technology

Reading Time: 2 minutes Organizers of Alberta Open Farm Days are always looking for more farm families to participate. But what can you offer visitors if you have, as Kent Erickson puts it, a “boring old conventional grain farm” or ranch? Here are some of the things conventional producers did this year. Terry Banack created a display using common […] Read more