Farm Fresh School 2015, Olds AB

I've been pretty fortunate lately that the great people over at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development(AARD)/Explore Local have decided that I have some unique skills and experiences that should be shared. Mainly to do with social media marketing and how to direct market to chefs. I was more than happy to share what I know and help get more local food into the hands of chefs.

When I was asked to present about Growing Novelty Products and Making Unique Connections with Restaurants at this years Farm Fresh School, hosted by Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, I couldn't say no. Two of my loves rolled into one presentation, AWESOME! I also got to attend the conference. Bonus!

Besides the awesomeness of meeting all types of food producers from around Alberta, they had sessions by Dr. Jill Clapperton (Soil Biology and Pasture Management), Dr. Doug Waterer (Plasticulture Technologies and Soil Testing), and Dr. Bob Bors (New Prairie Fruit Releases).  Also, Dustin talked about Diagnosing Disease and Insect Problems and Rob discussed Weed Control Methods and Biological Controls for Fruit and Vegetable Crops. 
Just invaluable information, doesn't matter how long you've been farming.

I had piles of photos to post on here of all the sessions I attended, but my phone ate them. Really. Every picture on my phone just gone. I admit it, I shed a tear or two over it.
Instead, here's some from twitter!

Jodi and Moira from Fork in the Rowed

Jodi and Moira from Fork in the Rowed

Part way through the presentation, we've moved from Novelty Products to Connecting with Restaurants

Part way through the presentation, we've moved from Novelty Products to Connecting with Restaurants

Ron Erdmann and I in the back, talking about vegetables and having morning coffee in the greenhouse

Ron Erdmann and I in the back, talking about vegetables and having morning coffee in the greenhouse

If you were there, please post in comments what you learned, favourite session, or if I've convinced you to join the social media world. 

Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association exists to support farmers who direct-market their products. It's more than worth the yearly membership, especially when you get discounts on bulk strawberry plant orders and on Farm Fresh School registration! 

* Disclosure: Vesta Gardens is a proud member of AFFPA and Deb will tell anyone who will listen about their awesomeness! *