Welcome Free-Range Customers – Be an Open Farm Days host

Welcome Free-Range Customers – Be an Open Farm Days host

16630289427_b77b23f5f0_zFarmers and ranchers can help grow their markets by opening their gates and sharing their stories as hosts for Alberta Open Farm Days this summer.

Producers and ag-tourism operators can sign-up using the online registration form available at albertafarmdays.ca. The application deadline for host farms is May 31.

“Open Farm Days gives visitors from across the province and beyond a chance to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Alberta. I encourage farmers and ranchers to take this tremendous opportunity to showcase their operations while helping to take advantage of a growing consumer interest in ag-tourism.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

From August 20-21, the fourth annual edition of Alberta Open Farm Days will offer Albertans a fun way to experience rural life. Farm-to-table culinary events on the Saturday and free admission to farm tours across the province on the Sunday will showcase Alberta agriculture and rural hospitality at its finest. This year’s Open Farm Days follows up on a successful 2015 event that included:

  • 72 host farms and 18 culinary events
  • More than 10,000 visits
  • $100,000 in on-farm sales

“The popularity of Open Farm Days continues to grow each year, which speaks volumes about the incredible potential of our agriculture sector to further diversify our economy. This event shines a spotlight on some of our most innovative producers and agri-businesses, while helping Albertans to better understand the significant contribution agriculture makes to our province.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“This was a great way for us to tap into the growing desire of urban consumers to connect with producers and to discover and experience a side of rural Alberta that they may have never seen before. I think we have just as much fun as our visitors and we’re really looking forward to Open Farm Days.”

Leanne Sept, Sunnyside Alpacas

Alberta Open Farm Days is a partnership of Alberta Culture and Tourism, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and Agriculture for Life.