The Ottawa Valley Food Co-operative in cooperation with Renfrew County
Economic Development, the National Farmers Union and the Renfrew County
Federation of Agriculture are organizing the first Farms Open event for Renfrew
County, to be held Sunday, September 18th, 2022. The intent of this one day open house
style event is to develop a stronger understanding and relationship between
urban and rural people, to showcase the advantages of local food and the art and
science of producing it. The idea is similar to Renfrew County’s Rural Ramble, but
with a fresh focus on farming and local food. Similar events to these, typically called
“Open Farm Day”, are run annually in Atlantic Canada, Alberta and in other
countries around the world.
Farms Open gives farmers and food artisans a chance to share their passion and
unique life-style with families, foodies and the rural curious, who otherwise have
few opportunities to see and experience a working farm and/or commercial food
production. With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased interest in local food
as well as demand for staycation adventures, especially those that tantalize the
taste buds and bring people closer to nature.
To sign up/ register as host site for Farms Open:
Complete the application form using the link below:
OR, if you do not have computer access:
Marshall Buchanan 613 602-5253 (text or cell)
Farms Open: Renfrew County – Overview
1. Prospective host farms must complete and submit an application for
consideration to participate in this event.
2. Host farms will be listed on a website and mapped so that visitors can choose
one or more farms that interest them and plan their day.
3. Host farms are required to take a free 2 hour Farm Host Readiness course,
August 24th. The course is to be completed on-line and will give you tips and
advice to help you create a successful experience for your visitors.
4. Host farm participation is free.
5. There will be no admission charged to the public at the participating host farms.
6. Host farms can sell products or charge a fee for specific experiences, i.e. wagon
rides, horse or pony rides, etc.
7. Host farms may invite crafters to set–up a booth for the event. Arrangements
between crafters and the host are at their own discretion and responsibility.
8. Host farms may choose to set scheduled times for activities offered at their farm
if they wish.
9. We encourage outdoor events to minimize risks for spreading COVID-19.
10. Public health requirements need to be followed as applicable, i.e. COVID-19,
food or beverage sales, serving or tastings.
11. Host farms are solely responsible for what takes place at their site and must
have a minimum of $2 million in public liability insurance in place and provide
proof of insurance.
On-site safety is a major consideration. A site plan should be drawn up to ensure
hosts plan for parking, the flow of visitors, and keeping visitors away from danger.
Other considerations to include sun or rain shelters, seating/resting areas,
washrooms and/or hand washing facilities and the appointment of an on-site
supervisor in case of an emergency.
Once we have registered enough hosts to put on the event, we will announce the
event on various social media platforms. Teasers will be sent out sparingly
throughout the spring and summer. Hosts can post their own messaging to
promote activities at their site. The County of Renfrew has generously offered to
host a page for the event through the Taste of the Valley website.
• Print News Papers
• Website – hosted as part of the Taste of the Valley website
• Social Media: primarily Facebook & Instagram