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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

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

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

Over 90 farms expected to open their doors for August event

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

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

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

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

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

Ed Matters, who is participating in Alberta Open Farm Days, tends his Speckle Park cows.

Open Farm Days ready to roll

The coffee pot’s on and everyone in Alberta is invited. Alberta Open Farm Days is the perfect opportunity for rural and urban residents to learn more about food production in this province. For Debbie and Ed Matters it’s a chance to show off Speckle Park cattle, a unique breed created on farms along the Highway […] Read more