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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
September 10, 2014Leading the Way: Innovators in Farm Direct MarketingBus tour
CANCELLED
Edmonton area
November 18, 2014Getting Into Community Supported AgricultureWorkshopCentral Alberta
November 25, 2014Continuous Improvement Workshop for Direct Market BusinessesWorkshopLeduc
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

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
Continuous Improvement Workshop for Direct Market Businesses - hold the date!
This one-day workshop for established farm direct marketing businesses will help you to:
  • add value, while limiting waste
  • change practices to increase efficiency
  • apply lean thinking principles, tools and processes
  • incorporate a culture of learning.
    Dates and Location:
    November 25, 2014
    Agri-Food Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive, Leduc
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Ordella Knopf with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-643-6693 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access or email ordella.knopf@gov.ab.ca

For more information, contact Sharon Faye at 780-422-5326 or email sharon.faye@gov.ab.ca

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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To access presentations or webinars from past events, visit the Explore Local Resources page.
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on May 4, 2011.
Last Reviewed/Revised on August 29, 2014.