Call out for participants in 2019 Open Farm Days

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
February 10, 2019 - 10:51am

The province of Alberta has put out the call for participants in this year's Open Farm Days event.

Farms and ranches are encouraged to apply to host visitors during the event on Aug. 17 and 18.

Last year, a record number of participating farms, ranches, and visitors set a new high for on-farm sales, according to a release.

“We hope even more farms and ranches get involved in this year’s Open Farm Days. The event helps farmers meet new customers, share their story and grow their businesses," says Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism.

"It’s also a fun and educational way for Albertans and visitors to take in Alberta’s ag-tourism experiences and learn more about where their food comes from.”

In its seventh year, Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary events and tours. Farm sales in 2018 reportedly reached almost $190,000 over the two days, up 30 per cent from 2017.

“Open Farm Days provides a unique opportunity to highlight agriculture’s importance and vitality as a core sector in the province. Alberta has some of the best food producers and processors in the world," adds Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

"I am proud that we are strengthening our support for the local food sector which continues to grow. It’s important for Albertans to connect with the hard-working farmers who are feeding their families and communities.”

Hosts can access product development supports such as business coaching, industry learning opportunities, and regional networks. The deadline to apply is May 31.

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