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Farm Tour & Potluck Social

This farm tour is one you most certainly won’t want to miss! We’ll be visiting three farms that highlight the incredible diversity of producers in Central Alberta, including a haskap orchard, a rotational-grazing ranch and a hydroponics lettuce grower. During a walk around of each farm, the farmers will talk about about how they started up, how their operation is unique, their future plans for the operation, and share advice to people wanting to enter the industry. We’ll wrap up the day with a social potluck. All food-lovers and agrarians – new,  experienced and everything in between – are welcome to join!

Farm Tour & Potluck Social

Date: Friday, August 9th, 2019

Location: Meet at Rosy Farms (~1h NW of Edmonton). We’ll have a bus to transport everyone from farm to farm.

Cost: $20

What to Bring: Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with, and a chair or a blanket.

Share: Planning on joining us? Please invite your friends and share our Facebook event!

Questions? Contact Alex at centralalberta@youngagrarians.org


 SCHEDULE

1:00 – 2:15 – Rosy Farms

2:30 – 3:45 – Greener Pastures Ranching

4:00 – 5:15 – Swiss Leaf Farms

6:30 – 8:00 – Social Potluck at Rosy Farms


Farm Bios

Rosy Farms – 

We are a  haskap centrec farm; permaculture run, monoculture focused.  Andrew is a city slicker turned haskap fruit farmer and has built his dream while developing a new industry. Expect to learn from his experiences, how to build your tribe of mentors, operation scales, potential markets, what it takes to farm, rigors of planning, and of course the power of haskap fruit.

Greener Pastures Ranching – 

We are a regenerative ranching operation that does not own cattle and does not own the land that we run the cattle on. Through rotational grazing we protect our riparian areas, regenerate our pastures and preserve wildlife habitat, all while increasing soil biodiversity. We run approximately 1200 head of cattle each summer on approximately 3000 acres of leased land. We also direct market pastured pork into nearby Edmonton and promote regenerative agricultural practices throughout North America through magazine articles, and public speaking events.

Swiss Leaf Farms -

We are growing leafy greens year round using 90% less water, zero pesticides with a patented growing system that was  developed in Canada.  Every week we are shipping 12,000 heads of lettuce to over 100 retail locations.  People will be able to see each stage of growth from seed to harvest ready plants, how we prepare irrigation nutrients, how we harvest and our unique packaging that increases shelf life.

Rosy Farms Rolling hills
Earlier Event: July 15
U-Pick by Appointment
Later Event: August 10
1st Generation Farmer Conference