August 13 - 27 in St. Albert
HortSnacks In The Field
Each session begins at 5:30 pm, with a light supper provided
JULY, Erdmann's Gardens and Greenhouses:Ron and Wendy Erdmann and their family have been growing vegetables for over 30 years in Westlock County. Ron will be discussing their integrated pest management program and their cooperation with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's current horticultural pest surveillance project.
AUGUST, Solstice Berry Farm: Marsha and Rick Gelowitz jumped into Saskatoons in 2003 and have become a
force to be reckoned with. Their state of the art processing line has enabled them to put their product in a number of different markets. They'll be sharing their successes and failures in this business.
SEPTEMBER, Hidden Valley Garden: Growing since 1994 on their land just outside Sylvan Lake, Jim and Lesley Hill have been working on developing their soil health and quality for 20 years. Jim will be discussing his cover cropping techniques and his use of tillage radish to decrease erosion and increase soil health on his farm.
HortSnacks On Wheels
August 24 and 25
$100/person, includes all meals, hotel cost on your own. All aboard for a whirlwind tour of four fantastic greenhouses in eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan! We will visit four unique ornamental producers to learn what they are doing that sets them apart in terms of production and marketing. Opportunities for networking and expanding your operation abound on this jam packed tour!
The Gate’s Open. Come On In.
Our Open Gate on-farm learning days consist of farm/ranch days that are held on the land. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management® practitioner and features numerous innovative and sustainable agricultural topics and practices.
Grass Roots Learning – A chance to ask questions, share experiences, get answers
Learn how to to better manage risk, make better decisions and reap the benefits of sustainable, profitable farming and ranching. You’ll share ideas and experiences with other producers and presenters that are facing similar issues. Both management issues and production techniques may be addressed. Topics may include: holistic biological monitoring, holistic grazing planning, sustainability assessments, succession planning, direct marketing, improving farm management — just to name a few.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Holborn Hall (51132 RR 13, Parkland County, AB). Classroom session begins at 9 a.m. with field workshop after lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring plants (with the roots, of course).
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
In-Crop Organic Weed Management Field Day and Seed Cleaning Plant Tour
Date: Thursday, June 25th
Organic Transition Workshop
Weds, June 24, 2015 - Tofield Community Hall
$20 including lunch
Registration deadline June 22, 2015