LAKELAND - Registration is now open for farms and ranches to be part of the next edition of Open Farm Days, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 14 and 15.
The weekend showcases Alberta’s agriculture industry and growing the agri-tourism sector. 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 2020, more than 77 host farms were part of Open Farm Days, and 24 culinary events helped connect urban and rural Albertans. Host farms have included traditional farms, livestock (bison, cattle, alpaca, sheep, llama, goat, poultry) farms and ranches, organic operations, corn mazes, wineries, meaderies, craft breweries, stables, petting zoos, along with honey, fruit, vegetable, grain and u-pick farms.
Since 2013, Open Farm Days has seen nearly 134,000 person visits, injecting close to one million dollars into the rural economy through on-farm sales. Since its launch, 711 Alberta farms have been enjoyed by the public.
Host farms can participate either day or both days, and educational materials about hosting are available.
Material is available for farms interested in participating, including:
- AHS and AGLC regulations
- COVID-19 restrictions
- Marketing suggestions
- Culinary/Food events
- Artisan Markets
For 2021, farms that want to showcase craft beverages from local brewers and distillers at an artisan market or with their event can explore new permits or licence options with AGLC.