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The Vermilion Voice | August 4, 2020

Local Farm Welcoming Visitors For Alberta Open Farm Days In August

Johanna Wasylik Submitted

Rick, Johanna, Charlotte, Nick and Alex Wasylik, who farm northwest of Vermilion, are looking forward to being part of Alberta Open Farm Days on Saturday, August 15, 2020. It’s a natural extension of the live video tours daughter Charlotte started doing in March during calving season, just after the pandemic was declared. The tours were a way to share daily life at Chatsworth Farm with family and friends, and then grew to be a window into farm life for kids at home, seniors in nursing homes, as well as an agricultural education and awareness project. From there, it wasn’t a big step to agree to be a host for Open Farm Days, a province-wide open house for

Alberta farms, who invite their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit. It’s a great way for visitors to meet the people behind the farm, see where your food comes from, enjoy a day out and reconnect with the land, and learn more about farming. Open Farm Days at Chatsworth Farm will include free tours of the family farm with most of the animals, including beef cattle, sheep and lambs, chickens, geese, ducks, and turkeys, plus farm kittens and the family’s livestock guardian dog. Guided tours will be held every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 4 pm, featuring machinery demonstrations and also a look at the vegetable garden. After the tour, visitors are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack and a picnic blan-

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ket to enjoy a picnic in the pasture, and there will also be a farm pop-up store with the family’s beef and lamb available. Charlotte, who’s in charge of marketing and social media for the family farm, said, “We’re excited to welcome visitors to our family farm and to be a part of Open Farm Days for the first time, to connect Albertans to sustainable farm fresh food. And lots of people have roots on the farm, so this gives them the chance to rediscover those connections.” Because of new Alberta Health regulations and Covid-19 precautions, registration is required with timed entries, and limited to to a maximum of 100 people at a time. Unfortunately, drop-ins aren’t allowed this year. Safety on the farm has never been more important than it is now, both for people and animals. Charlotte will be working with Crowd Design Co. to

ensure that all current health guidelines and protocols are being followed to help offer a safe and enjoyable event for all. Crowd Design’s Tegan Thompson and Charlotte worked together at Northlands on Farmfair International and Amazing Agriculture for three years and have been enjoying the chance to work on another ag event. The Wasyliks are grateful to Cornerstone Co-op, MainStreet Hardware, Vermilion Credit Union, and Webb’s Machinery for their support and assistance in making this day possible. Chatsworth Farm will be open for Open Farm Days starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 15th, with the last guided tour at 4 p.m. You can register at https://albertafarmdays.ca/farm/chatsworth-farm/ and learn more at www.chatsworthfarm.ca/ alberta-open-farm-days.html.

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