Upcoming Workshops & Events
The Battle River Research Group (BRRG)’s Killam Field Day takes place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
The day will feature BRRG’s pea and fababean regional variety trials, a canola performance trial, cover crops and more.
This year’s Alberta Open Farm Days, the fifth annual, runs August 19-20, 2017. The deadline for farms to register to participate is May 31. New this year, farms can choose which day(s) they would like to participate (Saturday, Sunday, or both).
Open Farm Days is a catalyst for stimulating economic prosperity by promoting the Alberta agriculture story. Last year’s event had close to 18,000 visits and $134,000 in on-farm sales at 92 participating farms and 26 farm-to-table culinary events.
And if you’re looking for some ideas or advice, here are some great multimedia resources to get you started:
- Bear and the Flower Farm created an excellent guest experience last year, captured in this short YouTube video. While you don’t need all of these elements to have a successful event, it provides some real inspiration on what is possible.
- Keleigh Cormier, an experienced agritourism coach, recently shared some of the keys to success and benefits to participating in Open Farm Days in two Call of the Land radio interviews: Interview No. 1, Interview No. 2.
- Producer Tip Videos (previously available, but still highly relevant).
Join us on the banks of the Battle River to learn about:
- the health of the Battle River;
- measuring the health of riparian areas;
- riparian and aquatic plant ID;
- riparian management, including fencing, watering and grazing options;
- mechanical and biological control of invasive weeds.
Presentations through the day will include:
- Cows and Fish – native, disturbance and invasive riparian plant identification, and discussing riparian health assessment and management techniques;
- Alberta Lake Management Society – "rake-tossing" to sample and identify aquatic plants in the Battle River, as well as providing information about invasive aquatic plants;
- Alberta Invasive Species Council – discussing mechanical and biological invasive plant control methods, as well as a partnership with AAFC on the release and monitoring of biocontrol agents in AB;
- Flagstaff County – talking about their efforts to control invasive plants using goats and biocontrol agents;
- County of Vermilion River – sharing information about the ALUS program and how it aligns with the Buffalo Trail program.
Click HERE for a map of Riverdale.
It's no secret, running a farm direct business means paying attention to many moving parts that often take you out of the field and into the office. That's why Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is hosting a series of webinars for producers and processors that will help build savvy marketing and staffing skills.
Register by clicking on each individual link or go online to explorelocal.ca/events
To view the full listing of webinars running through April Click here
Crop Production Workshop - Presentations
This workshop was held on March 15, 2017. Below are the slides from two of the presentations given during the workshop.