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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
January 20, 2015 (Tuesday)Unleash the Power of Your SmartphoneWebinarN/A
January 27, 2015 (Tuesday) Getting Into On-Farm RetailTourCentral Alberta
February 9, 2015 (Monday)Getting Into Local RestaurantsWorkshopLeduc
February 18, 2015 (Wednesday) Getting Into Farm Direct Marketing ForumWorkshopAirdrie
February 24, 2015 (Tuesday)Navigating Media Routes - Part IWebinarN/A
February 26 & 27, 2015
(Thursday, Friday)
Alberta Farm Fresh SchoolConferenceOlds
March 3, 2015 (Tuesday)Navigating Media Routes - Part IIWebinarN/A
March 11, 2015 (Wednesday)Pricing and Marketing for Farm Direct ProfitWorkshopLeduc
March 17, 2015 (Tuesday)Farmers' Market Food Safety WebinarN/A
March 31, 2015 (Tuesday)Assessing the Risk: Farm Safety for Farm Direct Marketing OperationsWebinarN/A
April 14, 2015 (Tuesday)A Look At Safe Food HandlingWebinarN/A
April 21, 2015 (Tuesday)Getting Into Farmers' MarketsWorkshopWestlock
April 28, 2015 (Tuesday)Getting Into Farmers' MarketsWorkshopOlds
April 29, 2015 (Wednesday)Pricing 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.

All webinars are free of charge.

Unleash the Power to Your iPhone/iPad
Discover how you can use your smartphone more effectively to run your business and in contact with your customers.
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

Using Social Media to Benefit Your Business
Discover how to get the most out of social media so you can attract more customers and be more successful in your business.
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

Navigating Media Routes - Part I
Join Dianne Finstad to get the scoop on the types of stories that interest the media, how to get your message picked up and how to establish yourself as the media expert.
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

Navigating Media Routes - Part II
Join us for Part II in this series where Dianne Finstad will share how to develop a media list, best practices for effectively getting your point across and how to present a professional image.
Date:Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

Farmers' Market Food Safety
Join us to learn about the changes to the mandatory Farmers' Market Home Study Course.
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 am -10:00 am
Click this link to register

Assessing the Risk: Farm Safety for Farm Direct Marketing Operations
Join us as Laurel Aiken shares what you should know about assessing risks on your farm.
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

A Look At Safe Food Handling
Join us to learn the latest requirements from Alberta Health Services when selling a food product at an Alberta approved farmers' markets.
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 am -10:00 am
Click this link to register

Workshops and Tours

Getting Into On-Farm Retail Bus Tour
This one-day tour will examine developing and operating an on-farm retail operation. We will visit three on-farm retail operations in central Alberta and learn directly from the operators.
    Dates and Location:
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    Central Alberta
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Delores Serafin with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-427-4611 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access) or email delores.serafin@gov.ab.ca
    Cost: $25
Getting Into Local Restaurants
This one-day workshop will examine what producers need to know in order to sell their unprocessed food products into independent restaurants.
    Dates and Location:
    Monday, February 9, 2015
    Agri-Food Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive, 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) or email delores.serafin@gov.ab.ca.
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Getting Into Farm Direct Marketing Forum
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 Bonnie Spragg of Spragg's Meats, an experienced farm direct operator, hear their story and learn from their start-up challenges.
    Dates and Location:
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Airdrie
    Registration and Costs:
    Contact Shelley Hall with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 780-538-6208 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access) or email shelley.hall@gov.ab.ca
    Cost: No charge for this event but pre-registration is required. Includes refreshments and lunch.

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:
    Thursday and Friday, February 26 and 27, 2015
    Olds - Pomeroy Inn

    For more information, contact Krista Miller with the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association at 403-558-0189 or email info@albertafarmfresh.com
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:
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Leduc
    Wednesday, 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) or email shelley.hall@gov.ab.ca
    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:
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Westlock
    Tuesday, 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) or email delores.serafin@gov.ab.ca
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch

Access other Coming Events listed with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

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 December 16, 2014.