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Alberta to host Open Farm Days Aug 24-25

July 9, 2013, Edmonton, AB - Farmers and ranchers across the province invite Albertans to experience rural life during Alberta's first Open Farm Days, August 24 and 25.

Open Farm Days festivities will kick off on Saturday, August 24, when talented chefs will team up with local producers to create farm-to-table culinary events. Details of these special events will be available at www.albertafarmdays.com later this month.

On Sunday, August 25, more than 40 farms will open their gates free of charge to the public for a fun and educational look at rural life. Visitors will be treated to winery and honey tours, u-pick farms, horse-drawn hayrides, a corn maze, a chance to get up close with animals, and much more. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy crafts, fresh produce and products directly from the source, while learning about how farmers and ranchers contribute to our communities.

Alberta is home to 20 per cent of all farming operations in Canada and 10 per cent of all agriculture and food-related tourism businesses. Open Farm Days will showcase and foster Alberta's strong economic and cultural connections to the agriculture industry, while promoting and growing tourism across the province.

Alberta Open Farm Days is a collaborative pilot project presented by the Government of Alberta, Ag for Life, the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta, and more than 40 farms and ranches across the province.

Visit www.albertafarmdays.com for the latest information on events, participating farms and more. Follow Open Farm Days on twitter and like Open Farm Days on Facebook.


July 9, 2013
By Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development