Members of the Grey Wooded Forage Association are planning a trip to a new continent, and they’re looking for people to join them. The group will be hosting its inaugural tour abroad to Argentina in February 2015. The tour is focused on Argentina’s beef industry, and participants will get to visit farms, research centres, and co-operatives and have lots of opportunity to meet Argentine farmers.
“I think people are moving away from mainstream tours. They want to connect with like-minded folks. If they’re in the farming industry, they want to meet local farmers and ask questions about how they farm, the different techniques that they employ, and about the market,” said Lawrence Rowley, whose Calgary-based company, Leader Tours, designed the tour.
Partners in Argentina lead the tour group and help Canadians get past the language barrier.
How does a small family farm growing vegetables and raising animals in rural Saskatchewan market its products to consumers in Regina?
That was a question that plagued Rhonda Martin, who runs Spring Valley Food Farms with her husband near Spring Valley, 65 kilometres south of Moose Jaw.
“We started our farm basically with the premise of feeding ourselves,” Martin said. “We’re just kind of exploring at this point to see if there is a viability to have a real farm.”
But with beef cattle, pigs, 200 hens, and a market garden providing much more than the family could eat, they decided to try selling their products on The Farmers’ Table, a non-profit organization composed of family farms working to distribute their local products. Martin signed up this spring to join the organization, which turned one in July.
“It’s a marketing forum, instead of just being me,” Martin said. “It’s grown every time and it’s been a good fit.”