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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.

Event Name
Event Type
August 10, 2015 (Monday)HortSnacks in the FieldTourSolstice Berry Farm - Crossfield
August 24 & 25, 2015
HortSnacks on WheelsTourVarious - eastern Alberta/Saskatoon
September 1, 2015 (Tuesday)HortSnacks in the FieldTourHidden Valley Gardens - Sylvan Lake
September 12, 2015 (Saturday)Explore Horticulture!Workshop/TourGrande Prairie
September 15, 2015How to Put on a Farm to Table Culinary EventBus TourEdmonton area
September 19, 2015 (Saturday)Explore Horticulture!Workshop/TourRed Deer
September 26, 2015 (Saturday)Explore Horticulture!Workshop/TourLethbridge


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.

There are no webinars scheduled at this time. Please continue to check back.

Workshops and Tours

HortSnacks in the Field
Formerly known as Fruit and Veggie Field Days, these three evening tours are targeting those in the farm direct industry who want to learn more from seasoned operators. Hear their stories, see their operations, ask questions, network!
    Tour #2: Solstice Berry Farm (Crossfield, AB)
    Marsha and Rick Gelowitz jumped into saskatoons in 2003 and have become a force to be reckoned with. Their state of-the art processing line has enabled them to put their product in a number of different markets and they’ll be sharing their successes and failures in this business.
    Date: August 20, 2015 (Rain date: August 17, 2015)

    Tour #3: Hidden Valley Gardens (Sylvan Lake, AB)

    Growing crops since 1994 on their land just outside Sylvan Lake, Jim and Lesley Hill have been working on developing their soil health and quality for 20 years. Jim will be speaking to his
    cover cropping techniques and his use of tillage radish to decrease erosion and increase soil health on his farm.
    Date: September 1, 2015 (Rain date: September 8, 2015)
For more information: Dustin Morton at 403-742-7571 or email dustin.morton@gov.ab.ca
To register: 1-800-387-6030
Cost: No charge

HortSnacks on Wheels
This two-day bus tour will take you to four unique ornamental producers in eastern Alberta and Saskatoon. Tour stops include:
Kathy's Greenhouse - Kitscoty
Solar Gardens - Saskatoon
Wilson's Greenhouse and Garden Centre - Saskatoon
Dutch Growers Garden Centre - Saskatoon

Dates: August 24 and 25, 2015
Cost: $100 + GST (includes all meals)
For more information: contact Dustin Morton at 403-742-7571 or email dustin.morton@gov.ab.ca
To register: 1-800-387-6030.

Explore Horticulture!
Horticulture is a broad and diverse industry full of opportunities! This workshop will look at different methods of production and marketing with Agriculture and Forestry specialists. The workshop(s) will consist of a half-day in the classroom, followed by a tour of local farmers’ markets and producer operations.

Dates and Locations:
September 12, 2015
Grande Prairie Provincial Building
10320 99 Street, Grande Prairie, AB

September 19, 2015
Sportsmans Room, Red Deer Recreation Centre
4501 47A Avenue, Red Deer, AB

September 26, 2015
Saddle Room, Lethbridge Exhibition Park
3401 Parkside Drive South, Lethbridge, AB

Cost: $15 + GST per person
To register: 1-800-387-6030
For more information: Dustin Morton at 403-742-7571 or email dustin.morton@gov.ab.ca

How to Put On A Farm-to-Table Culinary Event
Are you a local food producer who would like to learn more about how to put on a farm-to-table culinary event and how that could fit into your farm direct marketing business? Are you interested in learning about attracting more visitors to your farm and hosting them through events and experiences like Open Farm Days? Join us for this bus tour of three local area farms involved in this exciting opportunity.

Date: September 15, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Edmonton area with pick up in Sherwood Park - location to be determined
Cost: $25 per person
Registration: 1-800-387-6030
Registration Deadline: September 8, 2015

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.
For more information about the content of this document, contact Eileen Kotowich.
This information published to the web on May 4, 2011.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 28, 2015.