115+ Farming operations across the province will welcome Albertans in to experience rural life from August 13th to 14th.
This year’s theme is ‘It Takes a Hive’ acknowledging the community work and collaboration involved in farming.
“Open Farm Days continues to evolve and grow. It blends tourism and agriculture to provide the consumer with an experience like no other,” says Tim Carson, CEO of Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. “It’s an opportunity to understand not only where our food comes from, but also the care and stewardship that Alberta’s producers take to ensure the quality and sustainability of their products. Alberta’s agriculture fuels an industry that creates amazing local food and drink as well as feeding the world.”
On Tuesday, August 9, the program was kicked off in Red Deer with The Farm with the Good Food and other attendees including: Deep Roots Garlic Farm, Hamingja - Heritage Farm & Nature Preserve, Garlic Goodness, the Gull Lake Honey Company & Frontier Bison Farm and others.
“Aug. 14-20 is Local Food Week. This is an opportunity to celebrate the hardworking Albertans who make and grow nutritious foods for people at home and around the globe,” said Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. “There are many ways to support local food production in our province. I encourage Albertans to visit a host farm during Open Farm Days, and participate in one of the culinary or community events.”
Admission to farms is free, but there may be costs for some activities and many are cash only. It is recommended that visitors bring a cooler to store produce and other products. Visitors are asked to visit to the Open Farm Days website to learn more about how to find their farm to table experience.
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