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A look at farming from up close

Posted on August 7, 2019 by Dave Sulz
Photo submitted by Farming Smarter The Aug. 17 Open Farm Day event at the Farming Smarter facility will offer a chance to learn about farming, including opportunities to inspect farm equipment from up close.

Anyone who would like to know more about how their food gets from the soil to their table will be able to do just that during Alberta Open Farm Days events this month.
Open Farm Days has taken place in Canada for 10 years. The event started in the Maritimes and eventually spread west. This will mark the seventh year of Alberta Open Farm Days.
The Alberta Open Farm Days website calls it “a collaborative, province-wide, two-day event that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. It is a backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer.”
Farming Smarter will host an Open Farm Day Aug. 17 that will feature a variety of activities for everyone from city slickers to those with an interest in agriculture.
The free event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farming Smarter facility east of Lethbridge along Highway 512.
The day will feature a sunflower photo field; a wagon ride into the research plots; an opportunity to climb on large machinery; a chance to talk to 4H leaders, federal and provincial scientists; cooking demonstrations at noon and 1 p.m. by Mocha Local; face painting for the kids; and an opportunity to taste and buy food products grown in or made in Alberta.
There will also be a barbecue lunch (cost $5) featuring yummy Taber corn.
It’s a great way learn about farming while having fun at the same time.
For more information, visiting the Farming Smarter website at http://www.farmingsmarter.com.
Windy Rafters Barn Dance will also participate in Alberta Open Farm Days by offering a day of free activities Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
They are located on Rge. Rd. 250, 20 minutes (33 km) west of Lethbridge or 10 minutes (13 km) east of Fort Macleod just off Highway 3. Watch for highway signage.
For event details, Google ‘Windy Rafters Barn Dance.’ Drive out or catch a free shuttle compliments of Scougall’s Garage in Fort Macleod.
Cranford Acres Ltd. near Taber, a sugar beet farm, will also host an Open Farm Day event Aug. 17. Hosted by the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, the event runs from 1-4 p.m.
Another Open Farm Day event is being offered by GrowTEC (Grow the Energy Circle), featuring host farms operated by Chris and Harold and Gerald Perry families ine mile north of the Perry Potato Domes near Chin. The day will showcase home-grown Alberta produce, and promote locally grown fresh potatoes.
For more details about Open Farm Days, visit https://albertafarmdays.ca.

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