Alberta Open Farm Days Winter Pilot
For Immediate Release
Community Futures Wild Rose and Wheatland County Economic Development are partnering to deliver Alberta’s Open Farm Days pilot for a Winter Edition
WHEATLAND COUNTY, AB (November 26, 2019) – Alberta Open Farms Days has been a growing August activity in Alberta over the past seven years. Each year has seen more interest with visitors experiencing farm tours and culinary experiences. These experiences have created an understanding of how food is grown and processed, and what life is like on many of our Alberta farms. The success of this special August long weekend has brought out the idea of expanding it into other seasons. Community Futures Wild Rose, based in Strathmore, and Wheatland County offered up to the provincial planning group to do a pilot for winter 2019-20.
The Community Futures Wild Rose region, which includes Wheatland County and a large portion of Rocky View County and Kneehill County, has been a very active farm participation region for the Open Farm Days. Looking at the Wheatland region with the Gleichen/Siksika CP Holiday Train stop and Strathmore’s hosting of Roger’s Home Town Hockey in mid-December, the pilot seems to be a natural fit with so much focus on visitation to the area. The Open Farms Days Winter pilot weekend will run December 14 to 15, 2019. It will be very similar to the regular August weekend with a different seasonal flair.
Alberta Open Farm Days is a collaborative, province-wide, two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. It is a backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer.
“This seems like the perfect opportunity to provide farms the ability to educate and highlight their products and operations in an alternate season from the traditional Open Farm Days weekend,” says Wheatland County Reeve, Amber Link. “Over the years our involved farms and experiences in Wheatland County have been excellent hosts to visitors. The launch of our new brand promoting economic development and tourism this past October also provides us the means to market and engage visitors more effectively than ever.”
Wendy Gerbrandt, Community Future’s Community Economic Development Lead, who has been spearheading and providing support to the farms in the Wild Rose region and the Province’s committee team for Open Farm Days states, “It’s nice to see a pilot happen in this region. Through the hard work of our farm hosts, growing commitment by the regions municipalities and the Provincial commitment to keep this program running promoting this critical industry sector to Alberta, education of agriculture and where our food comes from and the people making that happen.”
About Wheatland County
Wheatland County has a population of 8,788 residents. Our proud heritage of independence and hard work shows in our farms and ranches - and our pride in the past is still evident. Our work ethic and dedicated stewardship of the land, once primarily agricultural, is now our strength we look forward to the future. Continuing growth and development in agribusiness, oil and gas, and manufacturing, will add a vibrant entrepreneurial outlook.
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