Ardrossan Recreation & Agricultural Society - Virtual Celebration
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ARAS (Ardrossan Recreation & Agricultural Society) will be celebrating Alberta Open Farm Days virtually this year - please join our event page to participate. Our celebration will include a series of demonstrations that will be posted throughout the weekend, there will be a coloring contest (watch the Sherwood Park News for your coloring page) as well as a fun and interactive scavenger hunt! We will be awarding prize packs to our winners containing market goods and locally sourced items.
Online Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029319807486679
We are planning to do full farm tours at 1, 3 + 5 o'clock! Which entails touring our gardens, greenhouse, chicken coops, pig pastures, handling systems, quarter horses, Tipi and ultimately a Bison Tour!!! We are also planning to bring out our Bison Hides, Skulls and various other artifacts for people to explore! We would also love for individuals to shop our farm products while they visit, if desired! The opportunity may exist in the future to have your farm listed on the website beyond Open Farm Days to support your year round agri-tourism experiences. If you are interested in this opportunity, please indicate the hours you are open to the public year round. We are open year round by appointment 🙂
Free horse back rides, ice cream making, butter churning, farm animal petting zoo, barrel train, roping practice, crop trials, weeds, horticultural info, bee keeping, farm safety demo, and other things not as yet finalized. A bus tour.
We can tell you all about growing our chickens, from being hatched, raised in our barns till being processed. We hope to have 3 day old chicks, you can watch them in the barn. The children can pet and play with some rabbits and goats and drive around on pedal go karts. There is also free coffee and juice for all visitors.
Guided tours are every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 am and ending at 4 pm.
Get a guided, up-close tour of our farm and animals, including the beef cattle, sheep and lambs, horse, chickens, geese, ducks, and turkeys, plus farm kittens, and Lizzy the livestock guardian dog. Tours start at 11am
Watch machinery demonstrations
Bring your lunch or a snack and a picnic blanket to enjoy a picnic in our pasture (no food/beverages will be available on-site)
Take a guided tour of our garden and learn about growing your own fruits and vegetables, starting your own plants from seed, and creating wildlife-friendly habitatsOur farm store will be stocked with beef, lamb, eggs, and garden produce to stock your fridge and freezer (cash only).
Chatsworth Farm will be open from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 15th.
Find more information and about our event HERE
Please join us!
County of Barrhead & Wild Alberta will be offering a guided tour for those who are interested in visiting all stops within the County. From the comfort of your own vehicle, you are more than welcome to follow us on our adventure, FREE of charge. This opportunity invites you to get a behind-the-scenes look at real working farms ensuring that heading out to the County of Barrhead is well worth the trip.
Tentative Itinerary: August 15, 2020
9:30 a.m. Registration at De Herdt Gardens, Town of Barrhead
10:00 a.m. Departure
10:15 a.m. Mellowdale Dairy
11:30 a.m. Koberstein Farm
12:00 p.m. Return to De Herdt Gardens for Lunch (not included)
2:00 pm Shady Lane Estate Winery & West of the 5th Distillery
Learn where your food comes from! We farm potatoes for fries, sugarbeets, corn and grains.
We offer a guided tour of our potato storage, farm equipment tour, walk in a sugarbeet field, education about the crops we grow and have some fun activities for everyone.
Custom Woolen Mills is a small, family-owned and operated woolen mill. Using sheep's wool purchased from local farmers and turn-of-the-century industrial revolution machinery, we produce carded wool, yarns, machine-knit socks, 100% wool fill bedding, and hand-knit garments. Join us on August 15 for a tour through the mill and learn how wool from the farm becomes clothing. Tour the mill and dye plant gardens, and take a look through our little yarn shop! We're practicing COVID 19 safe business practices, so please be prepared to wait your turn for viewing indoor areas based on occupancy numbers.
We will have a demonstration and tasting of the home made artisan sour dough breads made at Elieneke's Bake Shop. There will be a tour to show the hydroponic lettuce grow up inside De Herdt Gardens garden center.
Alberta Prairie Fruit, Enjoy the country! Come out and visit us, Wagon rides in the orchard followed by wine tasting. Learn about prairie fruits, bees and bats. Demonstrations and crafts for kids and adults, Live music. Lunch available. Ultimate breakfast Sunday am. Trails to wonder, lots to see, Samples of our fruit products. Petting zoo and new play park for kids and adult. Check website for schedule & fees.
Come enjoy the The Speakeasy Experience at Eau Claire Distillery.
Travel back in time to the days of Prohibition when the Moral Reform League declared war against the scourge of alcohol. Our speakeasy experience opens the doors to the sights, sounds and tastes of the 1920s, where you will learn about Alberta’s place in Prohibition history, Turner Valley whisky trading and, how Eau Claire Distillery came to be. A guided tasting of our award-winning spirits and an unmistakably delicious craft cocktail are included in the experience.
Tour times are Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Alberta allows outdoor gatherings up to 100 people and we have tons of space to maintain the minimum social distance recommendations. If you have joined us for this event before you know how much fun it is!
For those that have not participated before, this event provides families with an excellent opportunity to learn, have fun, and generate some great outdoor memories.
Living soils -Exploring what lives in the soil and how it helps plants grow (Rhizobia, mycorrhizae, nodulation, worms, and more!).
Seeds and crops - Look at plant seeds and see what they look like when they grow! What are the common crops grown in southern Alberta?
Bug battles - which are the bad bugs and why do farmers care? what are the good bugs that help us?
Crop protection - How farmers protect their crops while considering crop health, beneficial insects, environmental health and cost.
We will be hosting farmer golf, participants use the untamed farm land and gold over 10 acres of unaltered farm land. Obstacles include cow patties, cows, barb wire, gophers the usual stuff you find on a farm. We will also be reverse flowing pork and serving it on a bun to the public in our new even building.
We grow delicious garlic, tomatoes, onions and vegetables in dirt without sprays of any kind. We have a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle and we sell halves of beef in the fall cut to individual specification. Come out for a visit - we'll be happy to see you!
Visit our Guest Ranch which includes our powered RV Park, guest cabins and ranch store & art gallery. Our Guest Ranch is ideal for equestrian enthusiasts as we have horse stalls and trails that offer beautiful views along the shore of Chip Lake or for those that are just wanting a rustic vacation or to host a reunion or event.
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Drive-Thru Honey Market Only (No tours this year due to Covid.)
All of our products will be available for purchase, including a new take-home activity!
No washrooms on site, visitors must stay in vehicle.
Cash, Debit, Credit Card accepted.
On Demand Activities (free access):
Farm store with fresh honey on tap and other products.
Small petting zoo with goats and horses.
Photo Op area with sunflowers, hay bales and beehives (no bees).
Enclosed observation bee hive.
Scheduled Activities: Every Hour on the hour:
Hay ride in Bison Field (20 Min) - Cost $5/person or $20 per family.
Every Hour on the 1/2 hour: Honey Extraction Facility and Beekeeping basics tour (20 Min) - Free
Come out and discover a working Hop farm. See the effort it takes to produce this key ingredient used in local craft beer. We will be running hop yard tours as well as self guided treasure hunts through the hop yard all day for the young ones. For those that want to learn more about hops we will have some different varieties for you to sniff test, see if you can guess which is which.
We will be serving locally produced burgers, smokies, freezies, sodas and BEER from Red Hart Brewing.
We travel by horse drawn wagon around the farm to explore how our animals work together with us to naturally achieve a regenerative, eco-friendly farm. Sampling of our on-farm produced sausage, sauerkraut and kombucha. These will also be goods available for purchase.
If you are looking for fine antiques and farm fresh food it is worth a trip to the country! Our working farm is a cross cultural, continental style farming operation and our shop is full of rare Scandinavian and European antiques and collectibles. Our most important goal is our animals' happy and healthy environment.
With us, you can prepare European and buy local.
Petting zoo, farm store, handmade crafts, foraging for wild blueberries, some garden vegetables, interpretive trails, learn about beaver pipes, Town of Featherton ( bird town) many activities for children and hands on experience with different things on the farm.
Saturday August 15: Paint Night in the Orchard - Enjoy a light and elegant, finger-food dinner featuring fruit fresh from the orchard. Art Tree Studios will be on-site, leading the creative process...no experience required! The setting overlooks the Blindman Valley and the evening will conclude as the sun sets and the lights come out!
Sunday August 16 will be tours in the orchard, complete with samples, straight from the trees, and the opportunity to purchase fruit, snacks, preserves and more.
You don't have to go far to see some amazing vegetable gardens, a luscious pollinator patch, heritage fruit tree nursery, flock of laying hens, solitary bee hotels, and a honey beehive. Meet the people who make this magic happen and learn about growing food in the city.
Guided tours throughout the day--or you can just ramble and enjoy!
Join the Staff at Parkland and experience various hardy fruit trees and bushes for the area. Local food available for purchase. Join in on courses, kids activity while enjoying live music with delicious food from Shackehlicious Food Truck (vegan food available).
Fun for the entire family, while following Alberta Health Guidelines.
More information on our website at www.parklandgarden.ca
Pots'n Pansies Greenhouses and Garden Centre/ Country Junque
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County of Barrhead
Greenhouses open, Country Junque Antiques and vendor store, Vendors on location with their products, Pale Horse Photography on location in our photo area offering mini photo shoots both days. Displays of our workshops that we offer year-round and make and take workshops offered all weekend.
Possibility of a wagon ride and a ladybug release both days.
Travel 13 km (8 miles) South on Hwy 33
Turn West (right) at Hwy 654
Travel 9.5 km (6 miles) West
Turn South (left) at Range Road 44
Travel 3 km (2 miles) South
Turn East (left) on Township Road 580
Watch for the greenhouse on the North (left) side of the road
What would it be like if we visited a farm that helped reverse climate change? If the food we ate helped heal the environment, and ourselves?
It would be delicious. Come engage in a new way of thinking about food, farming and our place in the world. Regenerative farming goes far beyond sustainability. Hands-on "do to learn" activities: children's potato digging, growing vegetables, and farm fun with crop mazes, petting farm, and our farm lunch and drink. $$: train ride, veggies, food and drink.
Providence Lane Homestead is a fibre-focused permaculture homestead in a renovated and restored heritage home. Welcome to our frontier!
Our farm currently is home to a small but flourishing "flerd" of sheep and alpacas with an emphasis on exceptional animal husbandry, regenerative land management and high-quality fibre. We are also working diligently to build a breeding flock of registered Border Leicester sheep. This particularly hardy breed is currently in decline around the world. . . One of the many breeds that our homesteading settler ancestors would have brought with them from the hills of Northern England. We're doing what we can to ensure their qualities aren't lost to us.
Join us for storytime and sharing with one of our dear friends and elders from the Siksika Nation, the First People on this land (pre-book for this time, please). Thanks to our partners at the Calgary Aboriginal Friendship Centre, we will also have some Indigenous games and other experiences that will appeal to young and old alike.
We'll go into some of the details, some of the lessons learned, mistakes we wish we had avoided, things we're glad we did, and some of the other nuts-and-bolts of our homesteading journey.
Red Barn Books, a local publisher of high-quality children's books with an Alberta focus, will also be on hand. Come out to our little prairie home on the range!
Our farm consists of alpacas and sheep - with new babies expected in June! - as well as heritage breed poultry and horses.
We will happily show our fibre process including raw fleeces, washing, hand carding and spinning.
There will be opportunities for guests to interact with the animals and attend a nature walk highlighting in-season local plants and their traditional uses.
Children's music and activities at ranch and beside rustic building near horse ride area. People can purchase services on site including concessions fare.
Leading Rides $20 - ages 3-8 10am to noon - First Come Basis
Bring a mask to ride & parent to sidewalk
Meet the horse: Noon to 2pm
Mini Golf $14 & $16 PP
Visit with the Alpacas and hand-feed them. Visit our studio and see all the amazing products we make with their fiber. Spinning, rug hooking, weaving and needle felting demonstrations. All ages can make their own small needle felting piece to take home with them. Complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies.
At the brewery, we will be offering free tours of our brewing process. Attendees will see first hand how we turn malted grain into the beer that we love. After the tour, attendees will get the opportunity to sample some of our products, purchase pints, or fill up some growlers to take home with them.
Come join us for Open Farm Days!
We will have a tour of our fruit orchard, mini-golf made from farm machinery, and fudge pie & preserves for purchase.
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Round Hill Renaissance Community Garden (Irvings Farm Fresh Ltd )
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Community Garden - Discover how to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit. Experience weeding and harvesting vegetables. Take home a veggie bag if you help in the garden. Recipe cards and Chicken Poop Bingo - win prizes!
We started 2020 full of ideas and excitement for our next Rural Roots Farmer Showcase (RRFS) at George Pegg Botanic Garden, but sadly, the pandemic had other ideas.
We remain dedicated to connecting consumers with food producers in our community. Looking for a way to continue to raise awareness about our agricultural industry and to showcase locally available products, we’ve partnered with producers, processors, and a chef to bring you the Rural Roots Farmer Showcase Picnic Box.
Rural Roots Farmer Showcase 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
The Picnic Box is a fine selection of locally produced foods including charcuterie meats, cheeses, & other tasty delights. A picnic for two or a starter for more.
Alberta Open Farm Days/Rural Roots Farmer Showcase at the George Pegg Botanic Garden
The focal point of this site is the historic garden established over many years by George Pegg. The Pegg family established this homestead in 1913, the log house still stands along with several other interesting out-buildings.
The garden features many native and introduced trees and shrubs. A shelterbelt surrounds the garden creating a microclimate ideal for some surprising borderline hardy plants.
The George Pegg Garden was the province's first garden to be designated as a Historic Resource and is a protected site.
Small displays describe George Pegg’s important botanical work on native plants carried during the 1940s to 1980s.
Visitors are welcome to walk around the grounds.
The rustic native plant trail is open to the public
Our knowledgeable staff are available for short guided tours and to answer questions.
The site includes wheelchair accessible washrooms.
Open 7 days a week in August, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Please come prepared with your own drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy footwear, and anything else you might require to enjoy your visit.
Be careful while walking as the Garden grounds are uneven.
Dogs are welcome and must be kept on a leash. Please use common courtesy and pick up after your dog. Waste bags to be disposed of in garbage cans.
Admission is by donation We accept cash (currently we cannot make change), cheques, and e-transfer.
Donations can also be made on our website.
Smoking of any kind is not permitted beyond the designated smoking area.
COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines are in place for staff and visitors. Please visit the Pegg Garden website before your visit. www.PeggGarden.org
We are offering/not offering:
a quiet walk in a country setting/space to set up a picnic lunch/great for photographers/ county Horticulturist on site to answer horticultural questions/no special activities/no food for sale
*No pre-registration required for Farmers Markets*
We will have special kids tables for them to try their hand at selling. A booth with special hair for kids. As well as 55 vendors set up to shop with!
Visitors to the farm will be able to tour our various orchards. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy some time by the pond. Take some time to enjoy some lawn games. Fresh seasonal fruit may be available for sale (depending on the cooperation of "Mother Nature").
Gather in our farm store to get a guided tour of the grounds including our 36,000 square foot greenhouse and 12 acres of field vegetables! Learn about our growing practices and sample some products to see what sets us apart!
Tours of the honey operation, dress up like a beekeeper, tours of actual bee hives (weather permitting), presentations and answering any questions about bees and apiary operations (by very knowledgeable people)
We will be opening our farm up for anyone and everyone to come and see what we do. We will have: hay wagon tour, garden walks, kids activity area including mini petting zoo, new this year we will have amazing Mel from The Northern Table on site with prepared hot food to purchase, and market tent set up to purchase products. Did we mention that there are endless picnic locations?! Come and meet the farmers and learn where your food comes from. For ages 0-10
As Cherry harvest begins mid August some cherry varieties will be ready for a tasting tour and the U-pick will be open.
Open Farm Days give visitors a chance to take a tour of the orchard and see our cherry pit machine in action. Sunnybrook Hill Orchard offers for purchase cherry pie and ice cream for served with an orchard view. Cherry jams and U-bake pies are also available for purchase.
We are a new farm working to be a fully sustainable farm. You can come see the highland cattle, chickens, ducks and pheasants.
We have a large garden area and a nice sitting area in the classroom where we teach courses on agriculture and self-reliance.
Join our family for a relaxed visit. Meet the barnyard animals. Observe grass-fed beef cattle grazing on pasture. Purchase a traditional Beef Pasty and a craft beverage for a picnic.
Bring your camera for photos in the sunflower garden!
The Farm Store will be open for beef, honey, and more.
Pasture picnic can be purchased when you arrive at the farm.
Bring your own picnic blankets and set up where they would like in the yard or pasture.
Sales tables of plants mohair socks saddle blankets hides and raw fibre.
Demos of spinning, washing and cleaning of fiber.
Viewing Animals along with history and care of animals. answers to questions provided.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Fort Whoop Up and our agricultural history from 1870 to 1905 join us for: -Whoop Up Cannon firing and birthday cake.
The Thunderchief Room displaying and interpreting Blackfoot heritage and Culture and presenting Federal Indian Agricultural Policy history.
Horse Drawn Parade of Power, Stagecoach rides, Horse-drawn Vehicle display, Chore-horse Competition, Wilson Colony mini Farmers Market, Pearl's Equine Therapy- chiropractic demonstration, Kids steer roping.
Will O' The Wisp will be providing foot tours of our off-grid homestead these will include:
seeing our solar & wind power,
an earthen greenhouse in progress,
a permaculture garden comparison with a traditional garden,
talks on the use of red wigglers for home compost
There will be opportunities to cuddle goats, bunnies, cats along with viewing free-running chickens and “Porkchop” our pig and her Piglets grazing with our goats in our rotational grazing program. There is an active chicken tractor showing how we raise our pasture-based poultry.
Beverages for sale from other OFDs farm DNA Gardens along with Coffee, Tea, Lemonade & Water.
We have the ability to allow people to use picnic tables they must bring own food.
We will have Eggs, Paddock Whole Chickens & Starter Home Compost Red Wiggler packages, etc.
We will have a small market here with 3 other Local Producers.
Each of these growers will have a table with Valuable information to share and Products to sell.
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Join us in August when more than 80 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators open their gates and invite visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.