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Coming Events At-A-Glance
The following table shows upcoming Explore Local events in date order. For more information about the event and for registration information, go to the appropriate category below the table.

DATE
EVENT NAME
EVENT TYPE
LOCATION
July 28 & 29, 2014IPM In PracticeWorkshopOlds
August 11, 2014Horticulture Field DayTourLacombe area
August 26, 2014Livestock/Protein Field DayTourViking area
September 10, 2014Leading the Way: Innovators in Farm Direct MarketingBus tourEdmonton area
November 18, 2014Getting Into Community Supported AgricultureWorkshopCentral Alberta
January 27, 2015Getting Into On-Farm RetailWorkshopCamrose area
February 9, 2015Getting Into RestaurantsWorkshopLeduc
February 18, 2015Getting Into Farm Direct MarketingWorkshopAirdrie
February 26 & 27, 2015Alberta Farm Fresh SchoolConferenceOlds
March 11, 2015Pricing and Marketing for Farm Direct ProfitWorkshopLeduc
April 21, 2015Getting Into Farmers' MarketsWorkshopWestlock
April 28, 2015Getting Into Farmers' MarketsWorkshopOlds
April 29, 2015Pricing and Marketing for Farm Direct ProfitWorkshopOlds

Webinars
Explore Local Webinar Series
This series of interactive on-line sessions gives producers the opportunity to learn and connect with on-the-ground practitioners and experts. To access previously recorded webinars, visit the Explore Local Resources page.

Pre-registration for these webinars is strongly advised as the WebEx webinar system requires you to answer several questions before joining the webinar. Space is limited to the first 100 participants who join the webinar on the broadcast date and time. You are strongly encouraged to watch the webinar with other participants where possible.

No webinars are scheduled at this time. Keep checking back.

Workshops and Tours
IPM In Practice
Offered in partnership with the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (AGGA), this two-day workshop is geared towards those interested in or beginners to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It will cover all aspects in both a greenhouse and field setting with hands on demonstrations and lab/classroom sessions.
    Dates and Location:
    July 28 and 29, 2014
    Land Sciences Building, Olds College, Olds
    Registration:
    Register online at ipminpractice.eventbrite.ca or call Valerie at the AGGA office at 1-800-378-3198
    Registration fee: $70 + GST for AGGA and AFFPA members; $100 + GST for non-members
Horticulture Field Day
Offered in partnership with the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, this one-day field tour will tour Billyco Junction and Wolf's Botanicals, both in the Lacombe area.
    Dates and Location:
    August 11, 2014 - Registration/Check in at 11:30 am at Billyco Junction, lunch at 12:00, touring starts at 1:00 pm
    Billyco Junction: 11:30 - 3:00
    Wolf's Botanicals: 3:00 - 5:00
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Krista Miller with AFFPA at 403-558-0189 or info@albertafarmfresh.com
    Cost: Free, includes refreshments and lunch
Livestock/Protein Field Day
Offered in partnership with the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, this one-day field tour will tour Nature's Green Acres and Ruzicka Sunrise Farm, both in the Viking area.
    Dates and Locations:
    August 26, 2014

    The farms are only a few miles apart and are located south of Viking and north of Killam. Both farms are a few miles west of Highway 36. Highway 36 is a major north south Highway going from Taber in the south up to Two Hills and St Paul in the north.

    From Highway #36 you need to turn west on Range Road #462. Range Road #462 is 11 miles North of Killam or 4 miles south of the junction of Highways #26 and #36 (#26 is east of Camrose).

    You travel west on #462 two miles until you reach Township Road #140. You turn right (north) until you reach the Catholic Church on your right. Just past the church (running alongside the church) you turn right for 1 mile and go over the bridge. Just past the bridge you turn left (north) on Township Road #135. Natures Green Acres is the first driveway on the left side.

    To get to Sunrise Farm, you make the same turn off Highway #36 at Range Road #462. You go west on Range Road #462, cross Township Road #140 and keep going until you reach Township Road #142. You make a left turn (south) and go to the first farm on the left side. There is a large sign that says Ruzickas Sunrise Farm. Their farm address is 46059 Range Road 142.

    For more information, contact Bert Dening at 780-674-8247 or email bert.dening@gov.ab.ca

    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Krista Miller with AFFPA at 403-558-0189 or info@albertafarmfresh.com
    Cost: Free, includes refreshments and lunch


Leading the Way: Innovators in Farm Direct Marketing
This one-day bus tour will visit farmers’ markets and local market operations with diverse profit centres that showcase innovative production and marketing strategies. Participants will learn about multiple market channels from farmers’ market, u-pick, on-farm retail and CSA through to wholesale.
    Dates and Locations:
    September 10, 2014
    Stop 1: Riverbend Gardens
    Stop 2: Horse Hill Berry Farm
    Stop 3: Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm
    Stop 4: Kuhlmann's Market Garden
    Stop 5: Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market
    For More Information:
    Contact Dustin Morton at 403-742-7571 or email dustin.morton@gov.ab.ca
    Cost: $50 per person, includes snacks and lunch

Getting Into Community Supported Agriculture - hold the date!
This one-day workshop will examine developing and selling food products through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Keep checking back for more information.
    Dates and Location:
    November 18, 2014
    Central Alberta
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Delores Serafin with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-427-4611 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Getting Into On-Farm Retail - hold the date!
This one-day workshop will examine developing and operating an on-farm retail operation. Keep checking back for more information.
    Dates and Location:
    January 27, 2015
    Camrose
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Delores SeraRegistration and Costs:
    Contact Shelley Hall with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-538-6208 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access
    Cost: Free, includes refreshments and lunchfin with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-427-4611 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Getting Into Restaurants - hold the date!
This one-day workshop will examine what producers need to know in order to sell their unprocessed food products into independent restaurants. Keep checking back for more information.
    Dates and Location:
    February 9, 2015
    Leduc
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Delores Serafin with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-427-4611 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Getting Into Farm Direct Marketing - hold the date!
An open forum for those interested in starting or growing a farm direct marketing food operation who have more questions than answers. Bring your questions about food regulations, business start-up, costs and returns, pricing, food safety, financing and more. Network with experienced farm direct operator, hear their story and learn from their start-up challengs.
    Dates and Location:
    February 18, 2015
    Airdrie

Alberta Farm Fresh School - hold the date!
Offered in partnership with Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, this annual two-day conference is a must attend for those individuals new to farm direct marketing as well as those who are more experienced. Keep checking back for more information
    Dates and Location:
    February 26 and 27, 2015
    Olds - Pomeroy Inn
Marketing and Pricing for Farm Direct Profit - hold the date!
This one-day workshop will cover more in-depth pricing strategies, including a hands-on component, as well as merchandising and marketing information for those interested in selling through farm direct marketing channels. The information presented will go beyond what is presented in the earlier "Getting Into..." workshops. Keep checking back for more information.
    Dates and Location:
    March 11, 2015 - Leduc
    April 29, 2015 - Olds
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Shelley Hall with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-538-6208 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Getting Into Farmers' Markets - hold the date!
Examination of selling food products at Alberta approved farmers’ markets. Entering this market channel with the right skills can shorten your learning curve and enhance your success. Keep checking back for more information.
    Dates and Location:
    April 21, 2015 - Westlock
    April 28, 2015 - Olds
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Delores Serafin with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-427-4611 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch

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This information published to the web on May 4, 2011.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 15, 2014.