(Photos Courtesy of Clinton Pigeon)
Have you ever wondered what happens on a daily basis on a farm? How many eggs does a chicken lay in a day? How much does it take to feed a herd of cattle? What makes local produce like tomatoes special in the province? Or how much wheat or barley go into a bottle of your favourite beer? Now you there is a chance to have those and many other questions answered.
Open Farm Days is a joint initiative between the provincial and federal governments along with a number of agricultural organisations and Agri-businesses. This year the event takes place on the weekend of August 19th and 20th. This unique opportunity is a chance to do something different, to learn and see how agricultural operations really work. It is also a chance for those in the industry to showcase all of the great things that are happening.
In all, over 100 different farms, ranches, greenhouses and distilleries will open their doors providing tours, answering questions and offering a VIP like experience of “Life on the Farm”. This is year five of the event and there are more host locations on offer this year adding more opportunities to see all the Alberta Agriculture industry has to offer.
We have been involved in open farm days through Agricultural societies and think that it is a great initiative. A chance to escape the urban lifestyle and see where your food comes from and re-establish the connection between food consumers and producers.
Alberta Open Farm Days will also feature 16 culinary chances to dig in on local food and beverages. The true farm to table experience. You can find more information at the Alberta Open Farm Days website. We encourage everyone to participate in this fun initiative and bring all of your food and Agriculture related questions.