Open Farm Days ‘bigger and better’ for Canada’s 150th

Alberta’s Open Farm Days, which were held last Aug. 20-21, have been deemed a record-breaking success by the Alberta government.

The event offers the general public an opportunity to visit participating farms and ranches.

The province reported that last year’s event drew 18,000 visits to 92 farms and ranches.

On-farm sales during the two days totalled $134,280, which was 35 percent more than the previous year.

“With Canada set to begin celebrating its 150th anniversary, work has already begun for an even bigger and better Open Farms Days 2017,” Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda said in a news release.

Provincial Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier said the event showcases the diversity of the province’s agriculture sector.

Open Farm Days is a collaboration between the provincial government, Ag For Life, Travel Alberta and the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, as well as the participating farmers and ranchers.

Twenty more farms participated in the event last year than in 2015. As well, there were 26 culinary events compared to 18 the previous year.

Actual visits were up 75 percent over 2015, according to government statistics.

The 2016 event was the fourth time Open Farm Days have been held in Alberta.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 19-20 this year.

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