The Edmonton Urban Farm is a pillar in our community, giving over 300 people access to land to grow food for their families, many of whom are newcomers to Canada and Edmonton; it is a thriving example of how urban space can be used to build community and improve food security for Edmontonians.
On Saturday, August 13, guests are welcomed to the farm for Alberta Open Farms Days, bringing Albertans together for educational and experiential agriculture activities. The Edmonton Urban Farm is pleased to be participating for the ninth year in a row, offering opportunities to tour the farm, hang out with goats and sheep, check out the beehive, watch baby chicks hatch, and cuddle bunnies.
"We love having people down to see our fantastic farm and meet the incredible community that makes it happen,” said Patty Milligan, Agriculture Education Specialist at Explore Edmonton.
Not only does the Edmonton Urban Farm help address household food insecurity in our city, but it also offers residents and visitors alike a chance to learn more about where their food comes from, catering to a growing interest in agritourism across the globe.
"Edmonton has an incredible food scene,” said Traci Bednard, President & CEO of Explore Edmonton. “There are so many restaurants, food trucks, cafes, food festivals, and more that we all know and love. But how often do we stop and consider where our food comes from? Agritourism encourages us to do just that.”
With an increasing interest in authentic, natural experiences and a demand for locally grown food from Edmontonians and from travelers, agritourism is a growing industry in Edmonton, Alberta, and across Canada. Open Farm Day at the Edmonton Urban Farm is a prime example of agritourism in action.
Edmonton Urban Farm welcomes visitors through the day today. It's at 11312 79 St.