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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
October 6, 2014Sprouts Kids' ClubWebinarN/A
October 20, 2014Integrated Communication Plan WebinarN/A
October 30, 2014Getting Into Farming ... For the Aspiring FarmerWorkshopAirdrie
November 18, 2014Responsive Web DesignWebinarN/A
November 18, 2014Getting Into Community Supported AgricultureWorkshopLacombe
November 25, 2014Continuous Improvement Workshop for Direct Market BusinessesWorkshopLeduc
December 2, 2014NAFDMA - What are the Trends?WebinarN/A
December 10, 2014Food Safety and YouWorkshopLeduc
December 16, 2014Owner's and Marketer's Guide to Surviving and Thriving Under Canada's New Anti-Spam LegislationWebinarN/A
January 27, 2015Getting Into On-Farm RetailTourCentral Alberta
February 9, 2015Getting Into RestaurantsWorkshopLeduc
February 18, 2015Farm Direct Marketing ForumWorkshopAirdrie
February 26 & 27, 2015Alberta Farm Fresh SchoolConferenceOlds
March 11, 2015Pricing and Marketing for Farm Direct ProfitWorkshopLeduc
March 31, 2015Assessing the Risk: Farm Safety for Farm Direct Marketing OperationsWebinarN/A
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.

All webinars are free of charge.

Sprouts Kids' Club Webinar
Learn about the Sprouts Program that Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market (SWEFM) launched in the 2014 market season. Partner with other Edmonton markets and see how it can build your market support.
Date: October 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

Integrated Communication Plan Webinar
Discover the importance of a communications strategy in farm direct marketing and the importance of integrating social media.
Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Click this link to register

Responsive Web Design Webinar
Learn how web design and responsive design tie into a company brand and communication strategy. Discover what you need to keep in mind when designing your website and tips around good site design and maintenance.
Date: November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Click this link to register

NAFDMA: What are the Trends?
Listen to Elaine Stenbraaten discuss the latest trends in farm direct marketing and agri tourism from the North American Farmers' Direct Marketing convention held in February 2014.
Date: December 2, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Link to register: To be set. Please check back.

Owner's and Marketer's Guide to Surviving and Thriving Under Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation
Learn about Canada's new anti-spam legislation and how to integrate the new requirements into your email marketing.
Date: December 16, 2014
Time: 9:30 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: March 31, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Link to register: To be set. Please check back.

Workshops and Tours

Getting Into Farming Information Session
This session is for those who are thinking about getting into farming as a business and who want farming to be their primary source of income. The sessions will provide information about farming at a very high level. It will give participants a ‘Taste of Agriculture in Alberta’ and show them what they need to do/research to establish a successful farming enterprise.
    Dates and Location:
    October 30, 2014
    8:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Airdrie Agriculture Centre, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie
    Registration and Costs:
    Call the Ag Info Centre at 1-800-387-6030
    Cost: $25 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
    For more information, contact Kathy Bosse with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at 403-755-6116 (dial 310-0000 first for toll free access) or email kathy.bosse@gov.ab.ca
Getting Into Community Supported Agriculture
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
    Lacombe Agriculture Building, 5030 50 Street, Lacombe
    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) or email delores.serafin@gov.ab.ca
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Continuous Improvement Workshop for Direct Market Businesses
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
    No cost to attend
For more information, contact Sharon Faye at 780-422-5326 or email sharon.faye@gov.ab.ca

Food Safety and You - hold the date!
This one-day event examines food safety issues impacting the farm direct industry. You'll learn from the food safety experiences of Alberta farm direct operators.
    Dates and Location:
    December 10, 2014
    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
    $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch

Getting Into On-Farm Retail Bus Tour - hold the date!
This one-day tour will examine developing and operating an on-farm retail operation. Keep checking back for more information.
    Dates and Location:
    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: TBD
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) or email delores.serafin@gov.ab.ca.
    Cost: $35 per person, includes refreshments and lunch
Farm Direct Marketing Forum - 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 an experienced farm direct operator, hear their story and learn from their start-up challenges.
    Dates and Location:
    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. 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:
    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:
    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) 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:
    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) 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 September 30, 2014.