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Save the Farm e-Petition
Sturgeon County has forbidden agri-tourism (corn mazes, hay rides, fall events, etc.). They are also limiting our farm to 100 visitors per day and only allowing us to operate between the hours of 7:00am-7:00pm. Please help overturn these restrictions to save our farm.
We are so grateful for the overwhelming public support and would like to thank everyone who has called, emailed, or sent us letters. Alberta needs provincial protections in place to save small family farms.
Please send your letters of support to Sturgeon County in support of Prairie Gardens and agritourism as a permitted land use and cc Alanna Hnatiw, the Mayor of Sturgeon County, and Deanna Stang, who is the Division 5 Councilor.
Sturgeon County has scheduled the second reading of Bylaw 1597/22 (Diversified Agriculture and Events) for September 13th, 2022. Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
Rules being enforced by Sturgeon County mean it's unsustainable for Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm just outside Edmonton to remain open.
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A popular U-Pick farm and attraction has been reminded of a Stop Order by Sturgeon County and is being told to cease certain operations.
“It’s heartbreaking for us,” said Tam Andersen, a farmer and owner of Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm. “It’s been my whole life on this farm. We don’t understand.”
She said the farm has been working with the county to address some traffic concerns, specifically people crossing the highway to access both farms, but said the decision took her by surprise.
“We’ve had to close Prairie Gardens and we have done so because we want to keep people safe, and Sturgeon County has issued us a notice to say we’re no longer allowed to have any agritourism activities on our farm and we’re also not allowed to have any gatherings of people of more than 100 per day.”
“It’s our livelihood. And so we’ll be without our livelihood. We’ll be unemployed as will our 25 staff that work with us.”