Pamper a pony/horse; garden with a goat; chill with some chickens; hike our hilly terrain or engage in an experiment to learn more about our farming practices. Adults, children & families can be expected to learn more about our regenerative agriculture practices through a variety of hands-on activities & mini-projects illustrating many processes & procedures practiced on our farm. A market store featuring farm-fresh rainbow eggs and other unique, quality delights are also available for a fee.
Our programming and practices delve into the wonder and awe behind the art and science of farming. While our main initiative began with horse stabling and boarding, we quickly grew through an effort to improve the nutrient profile and natural grazing opportunities for our horses. This quest brought us to experimentation and then implementing of some mixed crop pastures. It is not uncommon for our horse pastures to feature vast displays of sunflowers. This is just one example of the many ways we strive to utilize nature to nurture the animals, people, plants, and soil at our farm. Everything at our farm works in unison, to create an engaging and lasting experience for all participants and inhabitants. We welcome people of all ages and abilities.
Farm tour and education of the animals found on 350 Farms with special emphasis on our kunekune pigs and LGD's.
We will have samples of our kunekune pork, walks available, pony rides etc...
We are open to the public every day from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm by appointment for indoor (winter) petting zoo and pony walks or public access to the farm shop which is coming soon.
- Three scheduled tours starting at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm and the last one at 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday
- Our tours will consist of tour around the Annelida building and getting to see how worm castings get package before they go to retail stores
- Put your hands in our worm bed to get an up-close and personal experience with red wiggler worms
- There will be food trucks located in the parking lot for anyone to grab a bite to eat
- Worm Castings and merchandise will be available to purchase
Hello and Welcome to The Backwoods Buffalo Ranch!
We are a small family farm that has evolved into a community grown around good, real, local food.
We believe that everyone has their part in agriculture whether you are a farmer or a consumer!
Throughout your visit on our ranch, we welcome you to experience what our life is like in the Backwoods plus a little bit more.
You will have the opportunity to tour our animals, ask all of your questions, shop our Farm Store and so much more!
-take a hayride through our BISON herds* additional fee
-churn butter straight from our dairy cows, Fallon, Birdy and GANG!
-meet our pastured pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, geese, turkeys, pot belly pigs and horses!
-collect eggs from our coop
-tour our gardens
-shop our farm store
-purchase food on site or bring a picnic
-meet your farmers
-WE ARE SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU!
Come out to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, learn and experience the tradition and history of agriculture in Alberta. On Saturday, August 14 watch our volunteers, heavy horses and equipment harvest the winter wheat. Find the perfect spot for a picnic, take an afternoon 20-minute wagon tour, experience the Stoney Nakoda Tipi Encampment, enjoy a hike on the Pekisko Creek Trail and with our farm animals.
Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800’s at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.
Try your hand at cowboy skills, learn about the old-style ranching ways, wander through the rustic and authentic buildings or sit around the campfire and listen to old time tales.
Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains - it’s a true Alberta experience!
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site - New Experiences
Stoney Nakoda Tipi:
There is a historic relationship between foothills ranches and the Bearspaw Nation of the Stoney Nakoda, as well as other indigenous groups. It is well known that a diverse workforce, especially indigenous people, played a significant role in the history of the ranch. Given this, one of the foremost highlights of 2020 was having members of the Bearspaw Stoney share their culture and perspectives at a tipi encampment at the Bar U. This encampment is representative of the transition between the pre Treaty 7 and post Treaty 7 indigenous experience and a visit here allows guests a view into those experiences and traditions.
Visitors are welcome to discover the Bar U Ranch by wagon as part of the self guided visit. Complimentary wagon tours with an interpreter start at round up camp and visit a variety of unique areas on the ranch such as the riparian zone, the polo field, the tipi and the historic core. This is a truly authentic way to experience the ranch and our knowledgeable interpreters will bring it all to life for you. Wagon tours run on the half hour and information on daily/weekly schedules will be available during operational season. Wagon tours have limited capacity and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Pekisko Creek Trail:
The Bar U Ranch opened a 3 km trail, which includes a portion of the national historic site not often seen during a regular visit. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of the creek, tranquil rustic picnic spots and stunning mountain view. Guests will experience a range of cultural and natural history.
• Learn to rope
• Visit with our farm animals
• Take a hike
• Parks Canada Red Chairs
• Size: 148.43 hectares (367 acres).
• Features: original ranch headquarters situated along Pekisko Creek, consisting of 35
historic structures and visitor centre.
• Maintains livestock including saddle horses, draft horses, and a cow/calf operation.
• Located in Foothills County where agriculture remains a major economic engine.
• The area is home to an abundance of wildlife including mule deer, whitetail deer, moose,
elk, coyotes, wolves, cougars, black bears, and grizzly bears.
• Pekisko Creek is an important trout spawning stream and tributary to some renowned fly
Facilities and services
• Accessible Facilities (Visitor Centre is fully accessible, Historic Site has limited accessibility)
• Picnic areas
• Bus parking
• Bar U Ranch Cafe
• Bar U Ranch Gift Shop
• Restrooms located in Visitor Centre and in Historic Core
Our taproom and two patios are open for you to enjoy a local ale brewed on-site. In-person tours are subject to AHS guidelines at the time of the event but if things are open we will be doing tours every 2 hours on the hour beginning at noon. We love telling the story of our farmers growing this amazing barley, malted just down the road, and brewed here...local-like
Known for good beer, good people, good atmosphere
close to fish ponds, bike trails, dog parks, world's largest fishing lure
Hi! Thanks for checking out our Farm! This year our ranch will be celebrating its one-year anniversary for opening our on-site Farm Store. Our cute little shop is filled with our homegrown Beef, Pork, Chicken & and Farm Fresh Eggs. As well as multiple wonderful products from local businesses - Sourdough Bread & Bagels, Raw Honey, Fresh Veggies, Hemp Seeds & Oil, Preserves & Pickles, Potted Plants & Flowers, Home Decor, and more.
This year's family-friendly event will include:
- Hayride farm tour through fields amongst our cattle
- Food & beverages
- Pony Rides on our superstar Unicorn Pony Gemma!
- Shop our Farm Store offering fresh produce, meat, eggs, honey, sourdough, and more
- View our Pigs, Goats, Lambs, Horses, Cows & Calves
- Pick eggs from our Chicken Coop
- Let your little ones play in our kids' zone: farm-themed playhouse, swing set & games
Participants will enjoy tours of our restored Pioneer grain elevator and see the rare 1929 Alberta Pool twin elevators. We will be holding engine runs featuring four antique grain elevator engine models including a 1918 3hp Waterloo and a 1930s International 3-5hp. We are collaborating with the Herbert family and their Trail's End grass-fed beef operation located 10 minutes south of Nanton for cross-promotion
The Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre is a set of restored grain elevators located in Nanton. The Centre's goal is to preserve these three remaining prairie icons to educate visitors about Nanton's and Alberta's agricultural history. As often as possible, tours are conducted by former grain elevator managers or employees who are a wealth of information about these "skyscrapers of the prairies" that were so closely tied to the well-being of Alberta communities for so many years.
We are the Bonneau family, 3rd generation farmers near Bonnyville, AB. We raise Angus beef to feed the local community from our farm to your table.
We like our visitors to have fun and learn about where their food comes from.
*Pasture & cattle tours
* Horse rides, bees & ag information booth
* Bale maze
* Scavenger hunt, door prizes, kid draws
* Cow patty bingo $
* Pop-up Farmer's Market $
* Pumpkin patch
* Variety of animals for viewing
* Live music by local artists
* Local beer & distiller $
* Refreshments, food truck, and bannock on-site $
* No ATM on-site & No pets please
Join us for a free tour of our family farm! Bring your walking shoes and take a guided tour around the farm with interactive learning and fun for all! Tours are every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 am and ending at 4 pm.
Get an up-close tour of our farm and animals, watch machinery demonstrations, bring your lunch or a snack and a picnic blanket to enjoy a picnic in our pasture, plus a few new additions will be included this year!
Chatsworth Farm will be open from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Find more information and about our event HERE
Please join us!
You've seen the farm through Facebook Live and Youtube, now it's time to experience it in real life! You will become immersed in all things Chatsworth Farm and learn about how we raise our animals and run the farm. Just a few things you'll be able to do:
- Touch a day-old chick
- Learn how our farm is Verified beef Production Plus Certified
- Discover the reason why eggs are green
- Shop the farm store and take farm-fresh goodies home with you
- Feel sheeps' wool
- Listen to the turkeys gobble
- Walk amongst the cattle and horse in the pasture
- Shake paws with our Livestock Guardian Dog Lizzy
- See the chickens taking a dust bath
About us: Rick always wanted to farm, from the time he was a young boy. But while both sets of his grandparents farmed, his parents didn't. So Rick had to start from scratch, and in 1993 he bought the land where Chatsworth Farm is now. But even before 1993, Rick had a cattle herd that was steadily increasing, and he had been buying second-hand machinery and other equipment. In 1994 he married Johanna and they started the farm. Our three kids -- Charlotte, Nick, and Alex -- started helping from the time they could walk, and are now as young adults an important part of the operation.
Christy Creek Honey produces local honey and other hive products. It is a small, family-run business in the heart of NE Alberta summer blooms. We offer hive tours (June – August). We are excited to be open for 2021 Open Farm Days! While you are at the farm, plan to:
Learn about bees
Hear their buzzing,
Watch the bees in action in the observation hive (or book a premium hive tour)
See the scenery and blooms. Sit and stay awhile!
Smell the fresh county air.
Taste a sample of honey!
Play some games.
Buy some yummy goodies made by the Mill Bakery and Delacey’s Kitchen made with local Lac La Biche County honey! The bakery truck will be at the farm for the day!!! Stock up on tasty bread, treats, and amazing cookies!
Shop for bee themed and locally made items, including our signature small-batch honey and our new, handmade stir-stick lollipop!
Welcome to Cold Garden Beverage Company. We operate a micro-brewery and taproom. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of our brewing facilities. You will learn the steps in brewing beer including what ingredients and equipment are used in the process. Following your tour, enjoy a sample of one our products. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for underaged guests. Pre-registration is required and tours will be limited to 6 people to ensure adequate social distancing spaces.
Cold Garden operates a microbrewery and taproom in the historic Inglewood neighbourhood in Calgary. We are known for our all-inclusive and eclectic space. Also for creating great craft beers. Learn about how beer is on our tour of the brewing facilities.
People love how social our Animals are. Our farm encourages tons of children involvement, patience, trial and error, freedom but always fun.
We started our farm over a year ago farming has always been in my family's blood, until recently we embraced it. We started with 6 chickens and went up from there. Our farm has brought so much joy and we love having the children in the community involved. Each day you get 1 of a kind experiences and it's always adventurous.
Hand-held Animals, hand-fed animals, small incubator to see chicks hatching, chicks for sale, honey for sale, bbq & smoked food, tours, extremely kid-friendly farm! Rabbits to hold and take home, full garden, family knowledge, crafts for kids, free-range eggs, beef, see where your food comes from before you buy it.
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Country Roads RV Park, Corn Maze & Joosed Moose Winery
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We are hoping to have an open market and live music, food trucks, and farm-fresh food. weather permitting the corn maze and sunflower festival will be going on. We have an orchard and cottage winery, The Joosed Moose Winery that you can tour and taste saskatoon wines and more. you can get a taste of the agritourism in our gem mining, honey bee observation hive, and products in our general store. Taste our saskatoon pies and buy some fresh ground flour from the grain grown on our land.
We have a corn maze, gem mining, outdoor activities, and games, we have an orchard with fruit for pies, wine, and meads. We also have honey bees and bee products that we sell at our general store. our new winery the Joosed Moose Winery is located on the south quarter, just a short horse and wagon ride over to check out. We host a pumpkin festival in the fall, and this year we will be hosting a sunflower festival as well. We have something for everyone throughout the summer and fall. We are second-generation farmers here and have grown beyond the farm into agritourism and the RV park for everyone to enjoy.
Hi, everyone! We at CP Farms are excited to be hosting our 5th Open Farm Days! We strive to provide a fun, family-friendly, and yummy experience that will help make guests aware about a special ingredient they might be using in their kitchen: Alberta-grown sugar! We, along with 200 other local farmers, are growing sugar beets to produce the only source of 100% Canadian sugar — and it’s a verified sustainable product!
Unfortunately, over 90% of sugar sold in Canada is made from imported cane sugar. This often comes from unregulated countries that don't uphold the same standards us. This is one of the many reasons why we're proudly growing this crop, and we want to educate others on this fully Canadian product!
If you come out and visit us, you'll be able to learn all about Alberta sugar, how sugar beets are grown and harvested, how to tell if your sugar is Canadian or imported, and other local businesses you can support that use our product!
The day will be filled with fun games for the kids, food trucks, tours, and educational activities. We hope to see you there!
Meet, and learn from, the family farmers who grow sugar beets for 100% Canadian sugar.
-Explore the large equipment that is used for harvest
-Sugar beet tasting from the field
-Learn how our sugar beets are sustainably grown
-Learn how to detect Canadian vs imported sugar
-Enjoy ice cream and cotton candy
-Fun, family-friendly games
-Learn how you can support local farmers by purchasing #ABsugar22 - a verified sustainable product
-Learn about other local food shops that use our sugar
Come tour through the mill and learn how wool from the farm becomes clothing and other textile products. See some of our historic textile machinery in action, take a walk through our natural dye plant garden, and shop our little gift shop. Be sure to come dressed for the weather and a walk in the county (which can be muddy). We ask that you do not bring any animals to our location.
We are open to the public Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm, closed on evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Come on over for a cup of great coffee and delicious sweets. Every cup of coffee is made fresh - we make specialty coffees as well - and enjoy a delicious pastry from our own artisan bakery.
Koen and Inge have a European background and improved their business over the past 23 years into a beautiful garden center where you will find some relaxation and a lot of succulents.
Their daughter Elien has started up her own bakery located inside the garden center and makes every sweet goodie from scratch.
Elieneke's Bake Shop will have a info booth about her sour dough breads - and the use of oils
De Herdt Gardens will have an info tour about growing hydroponic vegetables and our succulent nursery will be open for visitors
We grow gourmet garlic and other vegetables. Alberta Open Farm Days will include a walking tour of the garlic and vegetable fields, a behind the scenes look at our garlic processing facilities (stairs), a visit to our farm store where the participants can be involved in taste tests and purchase or pre-order products if desired (cash/debit/credit cards) Children are welcome (please monitor them for their safety) NO dogs allowed. Dress for the weather.
We are known mostly for our amazing garlic! With 9 varieties of gourmet garlic to taste, you will be amazed at the difference between them ranging from mild to fire cracker hot. In the store, you will find many in-house-made garlic products. There will be samples for you to try if you like. You will also enjoy watching our alpacas, cats, free range hens and taking in our beautiful view of the Red Deer River Valley.
The Delidais’ help educate people on what can be grown in central Alberta. Having owned their farm since 1975, they have been key proponents of new Canadian varietals that are being developed at universities and research stations across Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Delidais Estate Winery is the first winery in Red Deer County. Vintners on staff have been developing craft wines & spirits, with full prairie fruit flavors. The labels and themes of the wines and spirits have come from “Our Roots” the history of the Delidais Family and the land settled in the area.
Learn the why, when & how of Alberta Prairie Fruit. Farm Store full of our creations; pies, cheesecakes, low sugar jams, juice, and farm-fresh gelato all made right on the farm.
Wine tours in the Orchard - Meet the Vintners - Taste our Wines & Spirits
Hike our trails, crafts, music, and animals.
Friday Night Bootlegger, Beer & Brisket (reservation required)
Lunch on Saturday
Ultimate Pancake Breakfast on Sunday
Come enjoy The Speakeasy Experience at Eau Claire Distillery.
Travel back in time to the days of Prohibition when the Moral Reform League declared war against the scourge of alcohol. Our speakeasy experience opens the doors to the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 1920s, where you will learn about Alberta’s place in Prohibition history, Turner Valley whisky trading and, how Eau Claire Distillery came to be. A guided tasting of our award-winning spirits and an unmistakably delicious craft cocktail are included in the experience.
Tour times are Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Children must be 12 or older.
15% off of all food, merchandise, drink excluding Single Malt Whisky
Ehrenholz Farms is known for great farm-raised beef and this year we are working to raised great farm-fresh produce, too! We believe that the farm is a place where the words "abundance" and "life" are in action every day. We strive to build a place where high-quality food is produced in abundance, with an eye to promoting life on the farm, in the local ecosystem, and in the community.
Visitors to our farm will see how we run the farm like an ecosystem, learning how our livestock, garden, soil biology, and the local wildlife all work together to make great food and great place to live and work.
This year's Open Farm Day will be hosted by farm owner Valerie Ehrenholz, along with various staff and family members.
10 am - Bee Friendly Gardening
11 am - Farm Tour
12 pm - Picnic on the Lawn (BYOBasket)
1 pm - Livestock Handling Demonstration
2 pm - Farm Tour
3 pm - Wetlands Tour
4 pm - Livestock Handling Demonstration
All scheduled events are free.
- Guided Garden Harvest
It's U-Pick, with a Guide!
Cost: $10 for first 10 lbs harvested, additional produce may be purchased for $2/lb
- Farm Yard Scavenger Hunt
- Family Portraits (At photographer's rates)
Fallentimber Meadery is well known for our sociable session style meads like Meadjito. Made with the highest quality of honey and ingredients, all of our beverages are held to the highest standards. Joining us for a tasting will give you a great perspective on mead in general, and the diversity that it holds. Couple that with a tour and you will leave with lots of knowledge around bees, honey production, and fermentation.
-Tours of Apiary and Meadery
- Tasting of Meads ($10) Comes with branded glass as a souvenir
Feel free to come for a tour and/or tasting, or just come to enjoy some green space and purchase from our farm-gate store.
Farm Two53 is a regenerative ag /permaculture farm. We endorse natural synergies through intensive cattle grazing, free-range laying hens, zero-waste composting, garden and tree mulching, bird and bat house habitat, snowmelt runoff collection, rainwater harvesting, soil building and carbon sequestering, solar PV water pumping, solar PV electricity production, food forest construction, vermiculture, fruit and vegetable production, and honey production. Short-term vacation rentals coming soon.
Although the farm was homesteaded by the Knoefli sisters in 1951, the Farm Two53 permaculture journey only began in 2019. The farm is easily recognized by the white-capped 60' high silo that matches the distant Rocky Mountains. Under the guidance of Deanna Thiessen Interior Design, we are restoring the original mid-century modern mansion to its former glory.
Farm Visitors will be introduced to permaculture / regenerative agriculture strategies, mid-century modern design, and sustainability practices.
Deanna is a self-employed Interior Designer and gardening enthusiast. Travis is a Calgary Fire Investigator and recent Permaculture Design graduate.
Bringing the market back to the farm!
Get out of the city and enjoy an afternoon at the farm. Stroll amidst outdoor vendors stalls on a sunny day. Explore the handmade and homegrown treasures that you will find. Connect with where your food comes from! All of our animals will be on display but you can book a spot in our petting zoo for an up-close and personal animal experience. We will have a couple horses tacked and ready for you to go for a ride.
Our market vendors will have farm-fresh chicken and eggs, fresh-baked bread, pies & cinnamon buns, hand-churned butter and homemade jam, beaded and wire wrapped jewellery, and original works of art.
Visitors can come out and see a garlic farm right around harvest time.
The public can see the garlic field, the drying shed and see a variety of products that we make from our garlic.
Live blacksmithing demonstrations.
1 pm will be a tour of the garlic field
11 & 2 pm will be a tour of the blacksmith shop
Bring a blanket and have a picnic in the field.
Mini market of some other locally made products.
Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy
Please Do Not Bring Dogs!
We are known for our gourmet heirloom garlic and artisan food products.
We are also well known for our Blacksmithing classes.
Visitors will leave with an appreciation of how garlic grows in a northern climate and get a view into a working blacksmithing shop.
James has been mastering his craft of blacksmithing for over 25 years. Cheryl has been named the Garlic Queen and together they have created a unique dynamic duo and homesteading facility that offers people with the opportunity to expand their knowledge base about sustainable farming and craft.
Have a walk through our garlic field at Garlic Goodness farm where we have 12 varieties of garlic for sale. Maybe pick up some delicious onions, fingerling, and full-size potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and other vegetables in season. No weed killers, fertilizers, pesticides, or chemicals of any kind used anywhere on the farm. While you're here, check out our hairy Scottish Highland beef cattle too.
Providing pastures tours to view the bison in a safe high sided trailer.
- There will be a First Nations Representative, speaking of the importance of Bison to the First Nations outside an authentic tipi.
-Handouts for children of bison hair and colouring items.
-BBQ of bison smokies for purchase, water, and pop also available in the Ranch store.
We are known for our fantastic bison meat products.
We have an on-site ranch store and we provide bison tours to our customer from spring to mid-fall.
We will have First Nations speakers to explain the importance of Bison to their people. This is very informative and important education that most people are not aware of.
Gary and myself have grown our business for the last 25 years. We started with 9 bison calves and have endured ups and downs thru the industry but we have remained excited to be bison producers.
We have been featured on the Food Network and Shaw TV.
Located just North of Barrhead, pavement leads the way to Glenreagh Gardens offering an easy-to-travel route to our farm. Once you arrive, you will be asked to sign in and then you are free to cruise through our sunflower gardens, our u-pick gardens, and/or enjoy a guided tour of our Alpacas that would love for you to visit and possibly even feed them.
Our farm is riddled with history dating back to the Klondike Trail. The Glenreagh Post office used to be located where our house is now, and the pioneer church still resides on our 3rd generation family-owned quarter.
Your hosts, Darren and Baukje Strawson will be on-site to welcome you.
Playground for the kids
Food truck on site
Artisan Market & other vendors
Self-guided Sunflower Tours
In Season Sunflower & Wildflower u-pick
Scheduled Guided Alpaca Tours
Photographer on site
Farm Store will be open
Other on-site activities will be planned!
We are known for the abundance of nature and variety of activities.
Wagon rides are available for those who need but walking is strongly encouraged.
We have limited produce and the focus is on the overall experience.
All activities are free - donations are greatly appreciated but not required
Farm is family run with volunteer assistance
Gospel-themed farm with outdoor activities which requires a minimum of one hour walking through field and forest trails.
1) gardens - tasting, harvesting fruit, vegies and herbs
2) petting zoo - meet/feed small animals
3) small greenhouse/flower garden (make your own cut flower bouquet and search for hidden treasure; (bring your own bags, backpack, vase and scissors)
4) sport range - soft golf / soccer / frisbee / soft archery
5) picnic park - relax / picnic by the pond
The Gull Lake Honey Company is a family-run honey farm committed to keeping strong and healthy bee colonies.
On-Demand Activities (free access): Farm store with fresh honey on tap and other products. U-Pick Vegetable Garden. Small petting zoo with goats and horses. Photo Op area with sunflowers, hay bales, and beehives (no bees). Enclosed observation beehive.
Scheduled Activities: Every Hour on the hour: Hayride in Bison Field (20 Min) – Cost $5/person or $20 per family. Every Hour on the 1
We are first-generation farmers working on 153 acres near Didsbury, AB. Having not grown up on a farm, we bring some fresh & interesting perspectives to local agriculture. But we also face a HUGE learning curve and continual infrastructure builds. When we purchased the farm it was being used for grain crops, with no roads, utilities or even fencing! It was like a blank slate for us.
Our farm work primarily draws on regenerative agriculture practices, with the focus of improving the land by promoting soil health, regrowth and rebuilding an entire ecosystem. In the short time that we have been on our land, we have seen it go from heavy tilled, hard-packed soil with very little organic matter to vibrant mixed species in our pastures, croaking toads and salamanders. All good signs that we are on the right track!
We raise happy hens on pasture to sell farm fresh eggs and do precision, custom grazing of cattle. We also have a flock of ducks and this year we are welcoming our first piglets! We work with many other farmers and specialists, including soil health monitoring, beekeepers, and market gardeners.
This year, we have had the amazing opportunity to be selected on the shortlist of the 30th Annual Emerald Awards recipients by the Alberta Emerald Foundation for our environmental work!
Come and visit our mixed small farm where we practice regenerative agriculture!
- Guided pasture & livestock tours (pastured laying hen flock, beef cattle, heritage breed pigs, ducks, and heritage breed meat birds)
- Learn about how we are rebuilding an entire ecosystem!
- Learn from a soil health specialist about "all things soil"
- Chat with our resident beekeeper to discuss the world of honey bees
- Farm Store
- Kids Activity Corner & Scavenger Hunt
We are the only Alberta craft malt house working primarily with organic grains, as well as floor malting...the old school way of malting.
Learn how the core ingredient in beer becomes what it is. See a malt house in action and what it takes to go from raw grain to ready for beer production. Steeping, germination and kilning are the steps required, and add on top, roasting, and the full gamut of possibilities awaits.
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If you are looking for fine antiques and farm-fresh food it is worth a trip to the country! Our working farm is a cross-cultural, continental-style farming operation and our shop is full of rare Scandinavian and European antiques and collectibles. Our most important goal is our animals' happy and healthy environment.
With us, you can prepare European and buy local.
We are a family farm and we look forward to hosting you for Open Farm Days! We love to connect with our visitors and make sure that you have a great experience of the rural, family, farming lifestyle.
Please watch our stories on Instagram to follow what we do each day.
Certified Organic Grass Finished Beef
BBQ Burgers & Ice Cream Treats
Berries, Flowers & Trees
Please join us for tours of beef cattle, cows, calves, pigs, ducks, meat chickens, bees, and laying hens
Pet cats, kittens, and chicks
Tour our beaver dam
Demonstrations of our electric fencer, holistic planned grazing, and regenerative farming practices
Traeger Smoker Grill cooking demonstrations with samples
*On-farm vendor fair with local farmers will be added soon
Jackson Homesteaders is one of the oldest, still operating farms in Alberta. Thomas Jackson arrived in 1881 and built his sod house on this very quarter section in 1883. Now, 140 years later, Colin Jackson and his wife Laura Newstead still have that pioneering spirit. We endeavour to grow our crops in an environmentally responsible manner and care for our livestock with integrity and respect. We are pretty passionate about farming and are excited to show you how we grow your food. We are looking forward to seeing you this summer!
At Jackson Homesteaders Farms Ltd you can expect to enjoy:
- farm tour (approximately 30 mins), where you can see and learn about the different crops we grow and the machinery we use to grow them (free!)
- pony adventures (free!) - come brush a pony and play a game or two with them*
- visits with livestock (see the horses, friendly Dexter cows, and donkeys!)*
- interact with the world's most awesome flock of chickens
- have a look at our community garden
- enjoy the beauty of the farm site
The Lac La Biche Agricultural Society will be organizing and promoting local farm tours for the public.
There will also be agricultural-related displays in the Agri-Com building, along with a bench show and entertainment for the whole family.
We are known for our inviting peaceful atmosphere
We have used fieldstone and natural items to landscape a pond and rock river
Airbnb/Cabin tour as well barn loft set up for wedding to view.
Balcony looks over the ranch.
We will have wagon rides being pulled by a tractor towards the lake turn into the the bush along a trail (Saskatoon berries hang over the trail/wild strawberries on the edge) and back along the open hayfield.
We will have vendors. Crafts, Health, Food.
You will have access to the vegetable garden.
We have peacocks, chickens/roosters, horses, blue-eyed cats, livestock guardian dogs, sheep/lambs
Come visit our first-generation livestock farm in Camrose County!
Meet the animals on a farm tour and learn more about how your food is raised.
Don't forget to visit the farm market store to shop for farm-raised meat, local foods, and local artisanal products.
Grab a delicious lunch or snack featuring locally grown farm-fresh ingredients!
Farm store open (see hours on the website). Offering farm tours seasonally.
The Leaman Exchange is an ED-venture farm focused on family education. Join our family for a day as we tour you through the property and attractions, demonstrate farm activities, and say hello to our feathered and hoofed friends.
Leaman Exchange is home to the old west town Featherton- completely inhabited by animals! Walk down main street and see the saloon, hotel, and schoolhouse or marvel at the goats walking around the 70 foot Scape Goat's Pass bridge in town. New this year is a train station, designed after a local historic station! Plus, the crowd favourite: the petting zoo will be the spot to meet Lily the sheep, Wally the rabbit, Toughy the miniature horse and so many other animal friends.
Meet our young local entrepreneurs in the New Roots Market that showcases businesses owned by youth aged 10 to 16.
The Leaman Mercantile is the place to buy fresh farm eggs (from a variety of birds!), hand-picked tea, locally roasted coffee, garden produce, artwork, locally written books, kids activity packs, souvenirs, snacks and so much more!
Come experience our little slice of paradise and enjoy a day reconnecting with your family, experiencing new sights, and learning about farm life.
The Leaman Exchange is an ED-venture farm. Come meet our family and experience our many farm opportunities and sights including:
- The old west town of Featherton inhabited by animals
- 70 foot goat walk
- New Roots Youth entrepreneur market
- Tours of the farm
- Petting zoo
- Story walk in the woods
- 'Gold Panning'
- Horse husbandry demos
- Wool demos
- Photo ops
- Kids activity station
- Low ropes course
-Leaman Mercantile with farm produce, eggs, artwork and more!
Welcome to our early 1900s farmstead. Come on out and enjoy picking vegetables in our 3 acre U-Pick and checking out all the farm animals on a farm tour. We will also be providing our guests the opportunity to see how some of our equipment works and answer all your questions on our farm operations. Don’t forget to stop in at our Farm Store where you can shop other locally produced products. And last but not least, enjoy lunch on the farm where everything is produced/grown/raised local to us.
Enjoy some time at our flower farm! We currently have 8000 sq. ft. of growing area, filled with annuals and perennials. We are in the first years of operating a no-till system in our raised garden beds. A 50x10 ft high tunnel is also part of our operation. Enjoy the peaceful scenery and stop and smell the flowers.
You-pick options are available or stop and take some pics in amongst the flowers. A farm store will be available with jewelry made from the flowers.
We are known for our grass-fed lamb, beef, and pastured pork, chicken, turkey, and eggs! What is unique about us is that we raise multiple animals here and they all work together to build our soil. Each animal serves a purpose in our rationally grazed lovingly raised system.
Farm rules-no dogs allowed, children must be supervised at all times. Our plan is to walk folks through our grazing operation, show them how and why we graze our animals the way we do. We will have baby calves, lambs, pigs, chicks, ducks, and geese to visit. Our kids are in 4H and will have a setup to show grooming and what 4H is about. We are looking into a food truck at the moment and will also have a small market table with veggies and eggs to sell.
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Here you will see sheep, goats, horses, pigs, cows, peacocks, llamas, and much more.
We have a large garden you can pick from to buy.
There are tracker Rides as well as horse-drawn carriage rides. We do offer overnight camping with fires if permitted.
This is a farm and can but muddy so bring rubber boots.
We are a first generation family dairy farm established in 1993 after moving to Canada from the Netherlands. We milk 300 cows twice a day at 5am and 4pm, our farm also includes many different animals and activities. After visiting our farm, we hope you will have more knowledge on how a dairy farm is operated.
A tour of our farms milking facility, cow housing, and the cows diet. There is also the option to feed baby calves, pet a calf, and many other animals are also on the farm! Following the tour, we will provide samples of various dairy products.
- To preserve and promote Mennonite and agrarian culture and traditions.
- To gain an interactive understanding of where food comes from.
- To demonstrate the value of community gardening.
- Experience a tranquil rural setting
- Farm and Garden tours
- Garden Produce
- Petting zoo
- Self-directed walking tours
- concession stand available
- antique car show
- antique tractor demonstration (pending)
Métis Crossing is for everyone!
The team at Métis Crossing invite you to explore and discover our distinct Indigenous story.
During Open Farm Days, we invite our visitors to explore our wide open spaces and explore our traditional Riverlot way of living. DETAILS TBC
The team at Métis Crossing invite you to explore and discover our distinct Indigenous story.
Onsite we offer:
-Cultural Gathering Centre with outdoor deck and menu including picnic baskets and Metis grub boxes
-General Admission with opportunity to tour at your leisure through are historic camps, Riverlot farmyard, and onsite demonstrations
-Traditional arts and crafts workshops
-Berry farm and permaculture.
-Outdoor classroom with Tall tales by the fire
-Signature Experience (Additional Charge) - 2 hour Archery experience
-Signature Experience (Additional Charge) - 3 hour Canoe experience
-Historic Riverlot replica children's playground
-Métis Veterans monument
-Lodge at Métis Crossing (opening Fall 2021)
When you come to MJ Bender Farms you will be able to experience a wide variety of farm life. We have free range chickens that lay eggs, several sheep, some horses, cows, and even a llama. The main focus of our farm however, is the grain operation. Here you can see the variety and size of equipment that we use and some of the processes for value added. On our farm we take great pride in caring for the land and to be good stewards of what we have been given- this plays out in every area of our management. Visiting our farm, you will get the experience of many aspects of grain production, the joys of keeping small livestock as well as the benefits of bringing our products to the table.
Come out to MJ Bender Farms with your family to discover what farm life is all about.
Our tours will consist of:
-viewing farm equipment used in our grain operation
-observe a demonstration of our home grown wheat being processed into flour
-learn how our vegetable garden is grown
Additional activities include:
-petting and feeding our sheep, horses, cows, and chickens
-purchasing home baked goods made from our homegrown, stoneground flour
Beverages will be available
No pets allowed
Northlands Urban Farm is a unique place in the heart of Edmonton with lots to explore. Five independent groups grow food here in some amazing gardens. Visitors will tour the Urban Farm with gardeners throughout the day. They'll enjoy seeing large vegetable gardens, herb beds, a pollinator patch, solitary bee hotels, a tree nursery, a plant labyrinth, compost, honeybee hive, and flock of hens!
Visitors will also have a sneak peak at the Northlands Urban Farm expansion!
Northlands Urban Farm packs a LOT into a 1-acre space. Visitors can pick up tips on growing food, herbs, edible flowers, pollinator plants; gardening techniques including no-till, mulching, berms, watering; identifying plants; composting and vermiculture; keeping urban hens; growing fruit trees and heritage trees in Edmonton. The hosts are a group of dedicated farmers who have decades of gardening experience and tons of knowledge to share. Tours are informal and INFORMATIVE!
Come experience Alberta's only no-till farming operations that supply award-winning restaurants, Shokunin, NUPO, and EIGHT.
Hosted by the chef and his team. Join us as we showcase our free-range naturally raised poultry, heirloom eggs, ducks, and geese. Tour our 1 Acre, 150 species first in Alberta no-till garden space. Tastes of the garden to be provided, also vintage antique market. Beautiful veggie produce stand where you can purchase free-range eggs, veggies, herbs, and more!
Our event will be sponsored by: St. Paul Community Futures.
Rural northeastern Alberta was built on the richness of our local agricultural heritage. The Peoples’ Museum uses a variety of displays to illustrate how farming has changed since the first homesteaders settled here. Farm machinery on display includes tractors, plows, and implements for cultivating, seeding, harvesting and processing farm products.
Demonstrations: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Petting Zoo - Saturday only August 14th
Homemade Old Fashioned Ice Cream Demo - Sunday only August 15th
Cream Separator Demo
Butter Making Demo
Log Cutting Demo
Free Farm/Distillery tours will be available both days featuring: crops grown for distillation, irrigation in action, feeding spent mash to cattle, solar panel covered patio, and the energy-efficient distillation equipment that transforms crops into spirits.
The restaurant/tasting room will be open for food and drink purchases as restrictions allow. Also planning a farm-to-table meal featuring local farm produce.
There will be live music under the patio with times to be determined.
Pivot Spirits creates unique spirits from crops grown under irrigation. Our spirits such as Full Circle Vodka, Farmacy Gin, Young Whiskies including 100% Triticale and 100% Spelt, and Haskap & Honey Liqueur are all incredibly smooth and flavorful. Pivot Spirits also showcases local craft goods and other local farm products as available. Pivot Spirits also frequently hosts live entertainment.
Welcome to the Carrots by Cam farm & to Poplar Bluff. The owners of both farms will be on hand to give you a guided tour of the crops in the fields. Climb aboard the wagon & let our tractor driver be your chauffer. You'll learn a bit about what is grown here, the science behind it and & you'll get to taste-test the product. Once back in the main yard there will be snacks available to purchase, local artisans to shop with, a bale maze for the kids, or just a comfy spot to kick back & relax in.
* "Cam's carrots are the only carrots my kids will eat", quote from a customer.
* 17 varieties of potatoes grown, used, and loved by many of Calgary's top chefs.
* Vintage equipment & artifacts on display.
* Wide open space for the kids to play.
* Bale maze.
* Local vendors on-site with an assortment of products which showcase their many talents.
We are known for our deliciously plump saskatoonberries. There are 3 varieties, to which you will receive adequate description on how to reach them.
We explain to first-time pickers, just how easy it is to pick the berries, giving easy tips for best-picking practices. Seasoned pickers are welcomed and freely continue to their picking spot for the day, as they are aware of how it all works.
A new feature of our Upick experience will be further education on saskatoonberry history, potential recipes and further uses.
Keep an eye out for further offerings in the coming months.
Greg Rosch is the son of Csilla and Josef Rosch, long-time Prairie Berry owners. Greg and his wife, Carly, are now continuing the family legacy by reviving the Prairie Berry Upick experience. They look forward to welcoming you soon!
- This has been a family-run saskatoonberry farm and u-pick since 2004, run by Csilla & Josef Rosch
- The berries are as natural as can be, and can be eaten straight from your bucket
- We are very low-key and focus on being customer-centred and family-oriented
- $3 per lb
- $2 per ice-cream pail, if you do not bring your own container
- Container is pre-weighed before picking
WHAT TO BRING:
- Bug spray
- Water (but we do also sell out of our mini shop)
- Hat and sunglasses
Prairie Gardens is the furthest north Blue Pumpkin Farm in the world! Tam and Laurel Andersen are a mother-daughter team, pioneers of agri-tourism and pumpkin farming in Sturgeon County on their small family-owned farm - Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm. Learn how these women innovate and live a sustainable farm life in the Prairies! A year-round CSA, new apple orchards, and a 35-acre market garden featuring over 150 varieties of local vegetables make for an interesting farm tour. There is a great little farm market with in-season produce, a collaboration with Benny's Breads offers sweet cinnamon buns and fresh-baked breads. Add some Mewuly's Charcuterie and Jaune Fleur Cheeses along with Little Bear Gelato to create your own take-out picnic are also available for purchase onsite. Laurel's special project is heritage chickens - sign up for a private "Rustic as Cluck" workshop to learn about her preservation of these heritage breeds, how to take care of back-yard chickens, and their amazing rainbow of coloured eggs! Space is limited - register in advance! Ltd farm fresh eggs are available for purchase.
Gate Admission is waived for Saturday and Sunday August 14th and 15th. Register for free timed-entry tickets in advance online.
Come for an educational farm tour of our market gardens, run through our 15 minute Corn Maze, or pose for photos in our Sunflower Garden. Learn about our incredible Blue Pumpkins as you stroll through our 10-acre pumpkin patch. Extra fees apply: U-Pick Strawberries, Vegetables, Train Rides, Gem Mining, Farm Picnics, Wood Fired Pizza. Get Cooking Canada - Farm Dinner.
Prairie Skies Ranch is a small ranch operation that began 6 years ago with one goal in mind, to bring naturally raised ranch raised beef, chicken and pork to the kitchen table.
When you come on your visit, you can expect to see all our animals and how they raised and treated, take a walk around the area and enjoy the countryside.
Take a look at our products at our store and enjoy some of the samples we’ll have ready for you.
So from our ranch we hope to see you enjoy yourselves.
And while we do raise our animals in the traditional sense, we also do homestead, such as growing our own vegetables, baking our own foods. So everyone who comes can see how we do our very best to minimize our carbon footprint.
Quedenbaum Farms Inc. is a grain farming operation owned and operated by Uwe and Nadine Quedenbaum. We're producing wheat, barley, canola, faba beans, and peas. On the side, we have free-range chickens (egg layers) and American Blackbelly sheep, which are unique in their looks and don't require shearing as they are hair sheep.
When you come out we will show you the crops we produce, what is needed to grow them and what they are used for. You can check out our machinery and pet our animals.
At Quedenbaum Farms Inc. we are finding ways to produce sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Ask us about:
-soil sampling/soil tests
-check out our 10.2 kW grid-tied solar system
-native pollinator habitat project
We specialize in small volume feed grain sales to backyard/acreage/hobby farm owners.
Let us give you a tour of our fields and check out our displays.
-measure the moisture in grains
-use screening sieves to clean wheat and canola
-press oil out of canola seeds
-feed chicken and sheep
Come and hand-feed our 6 alpacas we have on the farm.
- demonstrations of hand spinning and weaving.
- try your hand at needle felting and hand carding their beautiful fiber. See and feel the fiber in the different stages of processing.
- visit our on-site studio to see the many fashions I make from our own animals including shawls, scarves, felted mitts and hats, and much more. We also have alpaca socks made from our own fiber. Visa/MC/Debit
All activities are free.
If you have wanted to visit in the past but have postponed it this is the year to do it! We have re-homed 1/2 our herd this spring as we will be retiring early this fall. This will be our last year participating. You will love the intimate setting on our acreage. Kids love to do the needle felting, try hand carding, and especially feeding the alpacas from their hands. I am also hoping to have my 1920's sock machine set up as well.
Mushroom education booth and greenhouse tour.
Fresh mushrooms and craft seasoning blends for sale.
Flower bouquets by donation to Kids Cancer Care.
Masks Mandatory and COVID protocols in place as per the newest directive.
Regenerative farming is where we start!
We work with the land, incorporating native plants and creating a multifaceted ecosystem. This makes Rosy Farms a unique operation and a first for haskaps. It is truly a beautiful place, to grow from and with. Rosy Farms has taken 76 acres of Alberta’s flattest, bought 2014, and Regenerating it back to highly productive soil.
-In 2005, while taking the Production Horticulture Diploma program at Olds College I started growing haskaps, on the family farm, making me Alberta’s first grower.
-While experimenting, I planted sour cherries, currants, and haskaps. The deer loved the sour cherries, bugs loved the currants, I fell in love with haskaps.
-We are very passionate about regenerative farming practices, and visitors will notice we are a no-till farming operation
-I was one of the 2020 scholarship recipients of Nuffield Canada
- A few tours throughout the days, starting at to be determined times
-Free samples available
-Opportunity for product purchase at our on-site farm store
-We will be able to cover how our harvest equipment works, how we grade the fruit, freeze, and package for sale
-We love to talk about regenerative farming so that will be a huge topic of discussion
-We will discuss the visitor's future opportunity to be involved in our "adopt a row" program
Wear sturdy walking shoes.
Round Hill Renaissance Agriculture Foundation is a community group that is working with the Round Hill school to provide educational opportunities for students. We share what we grow with the families in our community, and connect through food and cultural experiences.
We are in the early stages of building our foundation to provide a space for gathering, learning, and sharing knowledge.
Chicken Poop Bingo - win 50/50 prizes
Discover how to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
Learn about and tour the start of our food forest (First year of planting), and our plans for future growth.
Experience weeding and harvesting of vegetables and anything else in season.
Discover edible plants, flowers, tree fruits, and nuts.
Take home veggie bags/seeds.
We promote small local producers of the area. We also offer a petting animal area for the young ones, educational tours, and talks for the family, and a fine tour of the historic gardens. Our producers offer only the highest quality foods for you and yours. Come meet new friends and old and see who grows your food!
We are excited to continue our 3rd Rural Roots Farmer Showcase at George Pegg Botanic Garden! Come out with the family and meet local farm families producing a wide range of meats, veggies and fruits, soaps and homemade goodies, as well as fresh baked sourdough, fresh roasted coffee, cheese from fine producers, and other surprises! Following is a special outdoor concert and chef event you will NOT want to miss! More details coming soon!
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This year we are partnering with Good Morning Honey to allow visitors to do multiple activities all in one location. Come get a tour of our u-pick farm and see what new expansions we are planning for the future, visit the honeybee demonstration tent, see the different types of machinery we use, pumpkin tasting, sunflower picking, and check out Good Morning Honey's market tent for all your bee-made needs.
Guests will get a free tour and wine tasting at the winery. Our Cathedral Trail will be open. It is about a one hour walk through an enchanted forest.
Games and picnic tables
Please visit www.spirithillswinery.com
Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society Grain Elevator
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Experience a guided tour of the historic wooden grain elevator in Spruce Grove. Practical and simple, wooden elevators were used in grain-growing areas all over Canada for nearly a century. Now only a few stand as a reminder of our agricultural past. They were meeting places and helped to build communities.
During a guided 20 minute tour you will:
• Learn how the elevator was built, and observe the simple yet intricate, well-planned construction.
• See how the local farmer dumped his load of grain and how it was weighed. See how his grain was graded and then sent into a storage bin.
BreweryRavenWolf Brewing Co. will be on-site offering samples of their brews. Did you know that RavenWolf Brewing Co gets their grain locally to make their beer? We will be describing the "grain to brewing" process.
Large freshly made pretzels made by RavenWolf will be available for purchase for $4.00 each.
The Spruce Grove Elevator concession stand will be open for coffee, cold drinks, and ice cream sandwiches.
We will be offering free wagon tours around the farm talking about our farming practices; garden walks through our 2+ acres of market garden; on-site market booth selling all of our pasture-raised meats, eggs, and veggies; food and beverage options; kids crafts; endless picnic locations.
- you get to meet and talk to the farmers (so bring all your questions!);
- see what an operation farm looks like;
- see how your food is grown;
- taste & buy food straight from the farm;
- country views & fresh air
Take a free tour of the cherry orchard with several varieties to taste and try. Watch a demonstration of the cherry pit machine removing cherry stones. Enjoy a piece of cherry pie & ice cream for purchase with an orchard view.
U-Pick sour cherries will be open August 20 - September 6. Some varieties are ready sooner than others.
Visit and learn about alpacas in their natural environment, some are friendly and will come up to the fence and eat out of your hands or let you scratch their heads.
Visitors are not allowed in the pens during open farm days.
See how we make yarn from their shorn fleeces in our mini-mill, there will also be hand spinners and knitters doing demonstrations.
*Dogs will not be allowed on our farm, any unknown dog big or small terrifies the herd
Alpacas are raised for their fibre, it comes in 22 natural shades, it is a soft, durable, and extremely warm, we will have a market place open where you will have the opportunity to purchase raw fleece, yarn, roving's and finished products made from our very own herd!
-For the little and big kids you will have the opportunity to learn how to make a felted soap, which is your's to take home
-Excellent selfie opportunities with the alpacas as your background
-Understand and learn about these amazing animals and enjoy spending some time on an alpaca farm
Come out to the ranch for the day.
Take a walk through the bush. Look for wildflowers and birds. Learn about plants that are poisonous for cattle.
Try to spot the Pileated Woodpecker. Learn why we fence off the wetlands from the stock.
Come down to the pond. Watch the geese, ducks & diving swallows.
Tour the calving barns. Check out the maternity pen & the branding chute.
Tour the horse barn. Groom a horse. Try roping the plastic steer.
Please wear sturdy shoes for your safety.
Tall Timber Cattle Co produces local, sustainable, hormone & antibiotic-free beef. No BS! It is government inspected at a professional abattoir. We sell from our store on the ranch and delivery to the city. You can order a single steak or a whole cow - it's up to you. We can even store it in our freezers for you for a small fee.
Our beef is deep red, soft, and tender. It is lean, with a healthy profile of omega 3 fatty acids, from the grass diet. It bleeds when you thaw it.
Your roast or steak will come marked with the identifier of the animal - we know exactly where it has been and what it has eaten. Your ground beef will be from a single, known animal - not leftovers from 200! You can tour the summer pasture, just up the road if you wish. Real beef tastes different - better!
We graze our cattle on natural grass, grown on bush pastures near Bergen. This land cannot support crop production - there's not enough soil. We turn unproductive bush into delicious beef while keeping the fire risk low. Carefully grazed lands maintain the ecosystem, keep invasive weeds out and provide habitat to wildlife. Grazing keeps CO2 in the ground and trees, reducing greenhouse gases.
Our family has been farming since 1827 in Canada but the cattle business is a new venture of James'. He ranches with a strong business education, a tender spot for all of his herd, and a natural aptitude for machinery. Learn about the many skills it takes to run a ranch - from welding broken gates to timing breeding and calving of the herd. Ask James why he chose this life over Bay Street investment banking.
We are excited to be showing off the farm for our second year of open farm days. Big changes have happened since last year as we have finished our farm store and now are offering fresh produce, eggs as well as local beef and pork that is raised right here in the foothills. Alongside some local artisan vendors showing off their craftsmanship and giftware. The farm has Highland cattle (with newly born calves on their side) as well as chickens, ducks, goats, and horses mixed in with large gardens
The Hartell Homestead has become known as a great place to learn about where your food comes from and buy truly local. Our highland cows are always a highlight for our guests but everyone enjoys seeing the chickens, ducks as well as large garden spaces. we also will have a grain field growing that we planted with horses and will be our feed for the livestock the following season. Overall whether it's your first time or you're a regular the homestead is constantly changing and growing.
We will be offering farm tours that will give you the chance to come get up close with all the animals and learn more about how things are run.
It's a great place to bring the family and bring home some great local products.
The Yak Ranch is a large yak ranch nestled in the hills south of Caroline, Alberta. Specializing in top-quality Tibetan Yaks for high-end breeding stock, meat, and fibre sales. Store on-site with homemade yak products (candles, soaps etc.), importing clothing and products from Nepal, and delicious meat products and samples!
There are lots of animals to view including yaks, alpacas, horses, and dogs!
View the baby yaks, feed a treat to Fancy The Yak, and let the alpacas eat out of your hands!
Come learn about these amazing animals and the fast-growing yak market in Alberta!
Check out our new store including lots of great yak products and meat available!
We are delighted to welcome visitors to our farm and share who we are and what we do when you visit.
We will offer a farm tour of our mixed farm which should include views of chickens, pigs (and piglets), cows (and calves), and the wetlands on our farm.
There will be a scavenger hunt for the younger visitors that will harken them to times past.
Our farm store will feature the meat, eggs, and vegetables we raise on the farm. Please come prepared to stock up on farm-fresh goodies.
Join our family for a relaxed ranch visit. Meet the barnyard animals. Observe the grass-fed cattle grazing and learn about how beef is raised on a family ranch. Purchase a cold craft beverage and some beef jerky, then relax in the shade of the barn or take a walk in the pasture.
Bring a cooler and cash to shop the farm store for grass-fed beef, sausages, honey, bone broth, and more.
Please leave pets at home.
Free Guided Tours: chickens, cattle, horses, goats, corrals and pastures, horses, gardens, machinery, farm dogs, and cats
Pop-Up Market: beef, eggs, pork, chicken, honey, brewery goods, beeswax products, vegetables, garlic, baked goods, cut flowers
All locally grown, made, and curated in Westlock County. Paid Activities: horseback rides
Our hosts, guides, and vendors are open to questions and would love to share their knowledge with you. See our website for more details.
Twisted Pine Farms is a horse training and lesson facility specializing in starting young and inexperienced horses. Our training methods are calm, gentle, natural and fear-free for the horse. We also specialize in training mules and donkeys. During your visit, we will be having training demonstrations with horses and donkeys of all ages and experience levels. You will learn about proper Healthcare for the animals and safety around them. Our farm is family-run and operated and is situated on an old homestead, there are several walking trails and a preserved historic site hidden in the trees.
Horse training demonstrations will be given showing how to train an unbroke horse, proper safety around horses, and Healthcare for horses. There will be a concession to buy food with burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and more. There will be pony rides and donkeys for kids to pet and brush, and wagon rides. Tours of the farm will be given and how day-to-day operations work at a horse training facility. No smoking is allowed on the premises. Visitors should wear closed-toe shoes and pants.
Please join us at Water Valley Hops for a chat, a tour, and a wee sample!
We will begin with a quick introduction to hops and hop farming in Alberta before walking to the hopyard to see the hops in action. We will spend the duration of the tour standing or walking. We will not go far, the yard is only 1000sqft! Please bring your friends, your questions and sturdy shoes. Kids are welcome, dogs must be leashed! We do have a public washroom.
Hops are a new crop to Alberta, but hardly a new crop to North America. If you are familiar with beer then you have perhaps heard of hops before! Water Valley Hops began in 2016 as a trial to grow 3 or 4 plants for homebrewing and scale up from there. The trial quickly became a full-blown hopyard and today we have a modest yard of nearly 300 crowns. We grow 10 varieties of hops, some of which have been used in Alberta by breweries who are a part of the burgeoning Craft Beverage industry. Prairie Dog Brewing has featured our hops in their Harvest Pale Ale, a fresh hop fall ale. And, Toolshed Brewing has a year-round ALL-ALBERTA ingredient beer called Prairie Pride that features some of our hops as well.
In addition to hops, we also grow and procure a number of other botanicals for the Craft Beverage industry. Mint, coriander, and dill have all found their way into products from folks such as Confluence Distilling and Fallentimber Meadery.
We hope that in visiting our little farm you will gain some insight into the local, craft ingredients that are making their way into your favorite beverages.
We are a Hobby farm that has opened their gates to the public for guided tours. We bee keep, have free-range chickens and fibre farm. We have been participating in Alberta Open Farm days since 2019.
Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the farmyard in a self-guided tour. Feed for the animals will be available for purchase. Animals include yaks, llamas, alpacas, goats, horse, pony, donkeys, and more!
Paulette and Rennie Sparks are the owners and developers of Wild Country Gardens, Rennie homesteaded our property and all the work put into our farm has been completed by us right down to clearing the land. Our plan was to build something that we could use for retirement income and still enjoy it as our paradise. In doing this we have developed an atmosphere that is visitor friendly which is so peaceful and amazing to see. We have one of the largest variety of fruit trees and berry bushes and vegetable gardens which we harvest yearly. Our newest venture is growing herbal mints and herbs which we use for making leaf teas.
We have a commercial kitchen on our farm where we make our own products that we sell in our farm store. The farm is decorated with a display of our area's history and is a must-see.
We will be offering a tour of our farm, that includes our orchard, tea patches, and gardens.
After the tour, you can visit our Farm Store where all products sold are made by us or locally sourced.
We offer a shopping experience with local vendors in our market area.
Book yourself in for a paint class with Jackie - Cost TBA.
Enjoy a Farm Fresh Smoothie and a hot dog Cost TBA
Tour of the Historic Berube House (according to public health indoor capacity restrictions) featured in the Alberta Archives
Tour of the Beeyard
Tour of Fallaway Farms Market Gardens
Nature's Table Walk of some of the Natural Edible Plants in the Aspen Parkland
Sheep Herding demonstration and Lamb Visit
Bees and Teas Event on the veranda with a choice of teas-with honey of course- and Saskatoon scones for $5 per person
Market Garden and Wildflower Bride Honey sales
Wildflower Bride Farms looks over an amazing view of valley and woodlands and natural waterways of the Aspen Parkland. The Historic Berube House, built in 1906, is a favorite of many visitors to the farm. The busiest workers on the farm are the hardworking bees, gathering nectar from the Aspen Parkland to create a beautiful wild floral honey. Other friendly residents of the farm include our rescue cows and our flock of sheep. Our sheepdog, Hudson, will gladly demonstrate the sheep round up! Don't miss the innovative and child friendly market garden from our partners at Fallaway Farms. After enjoying the tour of your choice and your visit to our 1940's reconditioned barn, we invite you to enjoy local teas and saskatoon scones on the original veranda of the historic house. Tea and scones- with honey of course- will be $5 per person. Our Bucket Families will be able to refill their buckets from the farm tank and see what the new season honey tastes like!
Historical Tours including: 1910 work-horse barn, 1905 one-room Orton School, 1905 replica homestead cabin, weaving shed.
Historical/agricultural/nature hay wagon tour
12:00-1:00 BBQ on a bun lunch
Rope making demo, Blacksmith forging demo, Simulated cow milking experience,
Possible combine harvesting rides (season dependent)
Windy Rafters', although currently being operated with the most modern equipment focuses on life at the turn of the 20th century.
Our historic site is used for hands-on educational experiences of life around the years of 1900s, as well as a rustic or western venue for such things as weddings and reunions.
Our facility includes: 1910 work horse barn, 1905 Orton one-room school, 1905 replica homesteader cabin, weaving shed, horseshoe pits, fire pit, & antique farm equipment.
Our tours will leave you with a feel for the lifestyle of the early settlers and the challenges that they faced.
Because of the promotions of the Canadian government and CP rail, Tom Orr set out for the North West Territories, (now Alberta). There have been six generations living on the homestead, currently overseen by Monty Orr (electrician & farmer) and his wife Ronalee Bennett Orr, (a retired school principal). Ronalee is currently writing her 3rd children's historical fiction novel about the farm and area under the title of 'Windy Rafters Roughnecks".
Join us in August when more than 100 farms, ranches, and ag-tourism operators open their gates and invite visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.