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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 12, 2016 (Wednesday)NAFDMA and Farm Direct MarketingWebinarN/A
October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)Getting Into FarmingWorkshopAirdrie
November 2, 2016 (Wednesday)Productivity Improvement 101WorkshopAirdrie
November 9, 2016 (Wednesday)Market Channel OverviewWebinarN/A
November 15, 2016 (Tuesday)Getting into On-Farm SalesWorkshopLeduc
November 22, 2016 (Tuesday)Getting Into Local FoodWorkshopLethbridge
November 23, 2016 (Wednesday)Getting Into Local FoodWorkshopAirdrie
November 24, 2016
(Thursday)
Getting Into Local FoodWorkshopParkland County
December 1, 2016
(Thursday)
Marketing EssentialsWorkshopStony Plain
December 6, 2016 (Tuesday)Getting Into RetailWorkshopLacombe
January 10, 2017
(Tuesday)
Troubleshooting Shelf LifeWorkshopLacombe
January 18, 2017
(Wednesday)
On-Farm Retail TourSouth of Calgary
January 31, 2017 (Tuesday)H.R. EssentialsWorkshopLethbridge
February 1, 2017 (Wednesday)H.R. EssentialsWorkshopRed Deer
February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)Getting Into Farmers' MarketsWorkshopParkland County
February 9, 2017 (Thursday)Getting Into Farmers' MarketsWorkshopAirdrie
February 15, 2017
(Wednesday)
Marketing and StorytellingWebinarN/A
March 1, 2017
(Wednesday)
Agri-tourism and Farm Direct MarketingWorkshopOlds
March 2 - 3, 2017
(Thursday, Friday)
From Farm To Market
(Farm Fresh School)
ConferenceOlds
March 9, 2017
(Thursday)
Marketing EssentialsWorkshopCamrose
March 16, 2017
(Thursday)
StorytellingWorkshopStony Plain
April 11, 2017 (Tuesday)Troubleshooting Shelf LifeWorkshopAirdrie
April 12, 2017 (Wednesday)Food Safety at the Farmers' MarketWebinarN/A
April 12, 2017
(Wednesday)
Marketing EssentialsWorkshopAirdrie
April 19, 2017
(Wednesday)
StorytellingWorkshopAirdrie

We are in our planning for the upcoming fiscal year and haven't scheduled any events at this time. Please keep checking back as they will be posted as confirmed.

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.

Registration: Change time zone to say Denver; unfortunately there isn’t a choice for Alberta. It should default to Denver for future registrations.

All webinars are free of charge.

NAFDMA and Farm Direct Marketing Webinar
Save the date! More information to follow
Date: October 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Market Channel Overview Webinar
Save the date! More information to follow
Date: November 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Marketing and Storytelling Webinar
Save the date! More information to follow
Date: February 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Food Safety at the Farmers' Market
Save the date! More information to follow
Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Workshops and Tours

Getting Into Farming
Join us for this information session if you are interested in learning about farming. Session includes an overview of agriculture, business planning, a personal assessment, financing information, land options and other resources available.

Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Airdrie Agricultural Centre, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie
Cost: $25 per person (includes lunch)

Registration: Contact the Ag Info Centre at 1-800-387-6030


Productivity Improvement 101
This introductory workshop explores lean thinking concepts for growers and small scale processors marketing food direct to consumers. This workshop will help participants reduce waste, increase efficiency, improve profits and margins.

Date: November 2, 2016
Time: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Airdrie Agricultural Centre, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie
Cost: $30 per person (includes lunch)

Registration: Contact the Ag Info Centre at 1-800-387-6030 by October 3, 2016.

For more information: Contact Christine Anderson by email: christine.anderson@gov.ab.ca or phone 780-968-3514.


Getting Into On-Farm Sales
Interested in learning more about what it takes to have a successful on-farm farm direct marketing business? Are you interested in having people come to your farm for a u-pick or market garden but aren't sure what to do beyond growing your products? Then this workshop is for you. Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: November 15, 2016
Location: Leduc Agriculture Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive, Leduc
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch


Getting Into Local Food
This workshop targets those individuals thinking about starting a farm direct marketing business and who have more questions than answers. Learn what the different marketing channel options are, their pros and cons and then hear from the regulatory agencies about their services and the different pieces of legislation you need to be aware of before you get started. Three Locations! Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: November 22, 2016
Location: Lethbridge Agriculture Centre, 5401 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch

Date: November 23, 2016
Location: Airdrie Agriculture Centre, Main Floor, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch

Date: November 23, 2016
Location: Parkland County - details to follow
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch


Marketing Essentials
Save the date! Three locations! More details to follow.
Date: December 1, 2016
Location: Stony Plain Provincial Building, Main Floor, 4709 44 Avenue, Stony Plain

Date: March 9, 2017
Location: Camrose AFSC Building, Main Floor, 4910 52 Street, Camrose

Date: April 12, 2017
Location: Airdrie Agriculture Centre, Main Floor, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie


Getting Into Retail
Are you thinking about expanding beyond the farmers' market? Want to sell to your local grocery store but don't know how? Then this workhshop is for you. Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: December 6, 2016
Location: Lacombe Agriculture Building, 5030 50 Street, Lacombe


Troubleshooting Shelf Life
One of the challenges of producing your own processed food product is knowing how long the product is good for. This workshop will help small scale food processors understand the process of determining shelf life, pH and water activity testing and much more. Two locations! Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: January 10, 2017
Location: Lacombe Agriculture Building, 5030 50 Street, Lacombe

Date: April 11, 2017
Location: Airdrie Agriculture Centre, Main Floor, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie


On-Farm Retail Tour
This tour will take participants to three farms that have an on-farm retail store. Participants will learn what it takes to get started, some common challenges, opportunities for this market channel and more. Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: January 18, 2017
Location: South of Calgary - more details to follow


H.R. Essentials
Learn the basics about staff - hiring, compensating, training, motivating, etc. Two locations! Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: January 31, 2017
Location: Lethbridge Agriculture Centre, 5401 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge

Date: February 1, 2017
Location: Red Deer Provincial Building, 4920 51 Street, Red Deer


Getting Into Farmers' Markets
This workshop is for those individuals thinking about selling a food product at a farmers' market. Learn about this market channel, pros and cons, opportunities and challenges. Learn about the different pieces of legislation that may impact you. Hear from a public health inspector on what you can and cannot do with your food product in order to keep it safe at the market. Listen to two producers tell their story of successfully selling at farmers' markets. Two locations! Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: February 8, 2017
Location: Parkland County - more details to follow
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch

Date: February 9, 2017
Location: Airdrie Agriculture Centre, Main Floor, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch


Agri-Tourism and Farm Direct Marketing Workshop
Join us as Mark and Angela Saunders from Saunders Farm in Ontario share their experiences with staffing, customer service and much more. Additional details about this workshop will be posted as they are finalized.

Date: March 1, 2017
Location: Olds - more details to follow
Cost: $25 per person, includes breaks and lunch


Storytelling
Save the date! Two locations! More details to follow.
Date: March 16, 2017
Location: Stony Plain Provincial Building, Main Floor, 4709 44 Avenue, Stony Plain

Date: April 19, 2017
Location: Airdrie Agriculture Centre, Main Floor, 97 East Lake Ramp NE, Airdrie



Access other Coming Events listed with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

To access presentations or webinars from past events, visit the Explore Local Resources page.
 
 
 
 
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This document is maintained by Abby Verstraete.
This information published to the web on May 4, 2011.
Last Reviewed/Revised on September 16, 2016.