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Featured vendor: Horse Hill Berry Farm

radberry.jpgAre you looking for a delicious batch of raspberries to take home with you? Then consider checking out Horse Hill Berry Farm, a u-pick raspberry farm northeast of Edmonton.

The farm has been open to the public for five years, although they’ve been planting on site since 2006. “Our focus is on raspberries for now, although we consider adding other berries in the future,” says Jackie Clark and Dave Wilson, owners.

One of the best things about Horse Hill Berry Farm is its proximity to Edmonton, as well as its location on the top of the ravine about the North Saskatchewan River. “I think the greatest asset we have is the location,” says Wilson. “We have a beautiful setting.

 

“Alongside the river, close to the city, we are a peaceful, family-friendly farm with a picnic area. We get used to the area because we have lived here so long, but I think many of the customers are in awe of their surroundings when they come out for the first time.”

 

“We are the only raspberry growers in Edmonton,” says Clark, who recommends heading out to the berry patch for a unique “date night” – “get outside, chat and walk and eat local berries!” 

 

IPM in Practice

July 28 & 29, 2014
Land Sciences Building
Olds College, Olds, AB

This two-day workshop is geared towards those interested in or beginners to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It will cover all
aspects in both a greenhouse and field setting with hands on demonstrations and lab/classroom sessions.
Click HERE for more information as well as the schedule. Register online at ipminpractice.eventbrite.ca or contact Valerie at the AGGA office at 1-800-378-3198.

Registration fee: $70 + GST for AGGA and AFFPA members $100 + GST non-members Workshop is limited to 80 attendees. Advance registration is required.


Fruit and Vegetable Field Day   

 

Date: Monday August 11th, 2014

Time:
  • 11:30 am - Registration
  • 12:00pm - 1pm - Lunch
  • 1pm - 3pm - Tour Billyco Junction Gardens
  • 3pm - Move to Wolf's Botanical and tour there

    Location:
     Billyco Junction Gardens(upick, CSA, fruit, vegetables, cafe, B&B)
    and
    Wolf's Botanical (garden center, greenhouse, nursery, raspberries).   

    RSVP:
    To Krista at 403-558-0189 or info@albertafarmfresh.com no later than Wednesday August 6th, 2014.  
     
Find Billyco Juction Gardens by going 8km East of Lacombe on Hwy.12 and then turn South on Prentiss Road (Range Road 26-0) for 4.4 km. that will bring you right to their driveway. All the roads drawn on the map are paved.   Parking is along the south/west fence in the yard, look for the parking signs
OR:  go to this link https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en
 copy and paste:  Billyco Junction Gardens, Lacombe, AB Lacombe County in the search bar and you will see where we are.



Small Scale Livestock Field Day 

 

 

Date: Tuesday August 26th, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Nature's Green Acres and Ruzicka Sunrise Farm, near Viking Alberta.
RSVP: To Krista at 403-558-0189 or info@albertafarmfresh.com no later than Wednesday August 20th, 2014.

Please join us on August 26th for a field day near Viking, Alberta focused on small scale livestock production. 

Danny and Shannon from Nature's Green Acres raise cattle, hogs, broiler chickens and laying hens.  They sell baby beef.  These are small young carcasses which yield a high end, high quality, tender beef.  Their pasture raised pigs (Tamworth breed) are raised outside and have access to grass and roots as well as a free choice grain ration.  Their broiler chickens are moved every day onto fresh grass and they also get a grain ration.  The laying hens are raised in the farm yard where they are free to roam during the day and have a permanent house with nests to lay their eggs.

All Nature's Green Acres meat and eggs are direct marketed either through farmers' markets or directly to customers as quarter, half or whole animals.  They also do some interesting events like hosting a meal in a pasture every August, where all the food served is raised right on the farm.

At about 2pm we will travel a few miles down the road to Ruzicka Sunrise Farm.  Don and Marie Ruzicka have a very unique farm with a lot of emphasis on working with nature not fighting it.  They have planted thousands of trees, built a dam to create a large pond, cross fenced all their land and have created an oasis that attracts over 80 species of birds.  They work with researchers to create what is called eco buffers (many different species of trees designed to attract a huge variety of insects spread over a long growing season).

Their farm is certified organic and they raise beef, cattle and chickens.  They direct market all of their product to consumers who believe in what they are doing.  They do not go to farmers' markets.

The Ruzicka's also custom graze cattle in the summer which provides additional cash flow to the farm.  Don and Marie have a lot of wisdom to share about their unique farm and why they do what they do.  



Interested in Farm Direct Marketing?

Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association is happy to announce that the educational manual is now available. This well rounded reference manual features valuable information on becoming a farm direct marketer. 

"Seed, Nurture, Harvest  - Steps to Success in Farm Direct Marketing "

Chapters include:
  • What is Farm Direct Marketing
  • Producer Success Stories
  • Safe Food-Farm Direct Advantage
  • Farmers' Markets Information
  • Alberta Water Act and You
  • Elements of a Business Plan
  • Pricing for Profit
  • Getting Control of Your Pricing: Bob Cobbledick
  • AgriTourism Insurance
  • Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association

  • Over 200 pages of information will help you establish a pathway to success and will become a longtime business reference. Add to it, make notes, learn, grow! Call 1-800-661-2642 to receive your complimentary copy. Quantities are limited! E-Book is now available! 

    Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association gratefully acknowledges the Province of Alberta, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for providing funding for the production of this manual. A special thanks to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development for materials and staff members for their insight and additions to this manual and to the producers who took the time to be interviewed and shared their stories.

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