Featured vendor: Roy's Raspberries
It’s easy to see why Harvey and Lorraine Boyko
call their home a truly family affair. They are the owners of Roy's Raspberries,
located just west of Edmonton on Highway 16A. Although there have been
raspberries on the farm since the early 1970's, Harvey and Lorraine took over
the farm work in 1991 from Roy, who was Harvey's father.
"We are the largest raspberry farm in Alberta
and produce 14 varieties, including Honey Queen and Mammoth,” says Roy. “During
harvest the fruit matures at different times thereby extending our season to
Labour Day and sometimes beyond.”
“We do not spray our fruit, and work on
the farm between 7 and 8 months each year preparing for a bountiful
harvest and then trying to keep the patch maintained. We spend countless
hours pulling weeds by hand, transplanting plants and mowing grass between
the rows. In the fall after a severe frost, we cut down the producing rows since
the canes are spent. Once all the canes are removed from the field, we
will try to do most of our transplanting at this time.”
“Our greatest challenge in farming is the
unpredictability of nature. Late spring frosts, heavy winds, honey
bees, early fall frosts, and heavy snowfall all impact
our crop. We call this a labour of love.”
Make sure to swing by and say hi to Harvey and
Lorraine soon! Learn more about their farm online at www.roysraspberries.com!
Featured vendor: Horse Hill Berry Farm
Are 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
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.
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
IPM in Practice
& 29, 2014
College, Olds, AB
two-day workshop is geared towards those interested in or beginners
to Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It will cover all
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
fee: $70 + GST for AGGA and AFFPA members
$100 + GST
limited to 80 attendees. Advance registration is required.
Fruit and Vegetable Field Day
Date: Monday August 11th, 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 email@example.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.
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