Northridge Farm Compost Trip

We took a trip to Northridge Farm composting facility yesterday to pick up a load of nutrient rich compost for the campus plots this year. We took ourselves on a mini tour of the facility and it was an eye opening (and nostril burning) experience to see the different steps and stages that go into making this black gold. Northridge Farm is where Wolfville’s household compost is taken to be transformed into rich, garden enhancing greatness.

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The first step, as you can see in the photo above, is to bring in the raw compost which is sorted quickly for non organic products such as plastic bags and other garbage. Unfortunately, as we saw throughout the process, a lot of people have not yet gotten a handle on what to put in the compost, recycling or garbage. Look at all that plastic! Remember, it may not seem like it matters if one person has a little mix up with the sorting process at home, but when a whole municipality makes mistakes, it adds up to a whole lot of plastic where it shouldn’t be.

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The compost is then transferred into stalls which are turned periodically to provide oxygen and encourage productive decomposition.

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The compost then rotates through two other buildings which represent different stages of decomposition before it is laid out on the field to mature. Because citizens still struggle with sorting waste, compost has to be sorted, sifted and screened numerous times before it can be used or sold. Even the end product, which is beautiful rich dark soil, has small bits of plastic which are impossible to remove, regardless of the screening process. I know all you members of the Acadia Community Farm community do a fabulous job of sorting your waste, but tell your friends, family and neighbours! There’s too much plastic going into our compost!

Fun Fact: most “compostable” plastic bags end up in the landfill because they take too long to decompose, and don’t decompose unless under the perfect conditions for their design.

First Sprout of the Season!

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Last week the Food Systems and Community Development class at Acadia University helped us plant lettuce and radishes down at the farm as part of their introduction to sustainable food systems. After a nice week of warm sun and light rain… we have sprouting radishes! Congratulations CODE 4593 team on your planting success!

First 2015 Plot Holder & Volunteer Meeting

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We will be hosting the first 2015 plot holder & volunteer meeting Wednesday, May 20th in the Wolfville room at the Acadia University athletic complex at 7pm. All plot holders and volunteers returning or joining us at the farm this year should attend, if possible. Also, anyone who is new to the farm or is interested in what we are doing is more than welcome to join!

I look forward to meeting you all! Enjoy the long weekend.

Myah Rach-Sharpe

Acadia Community Farm Coordinator

myah@acadiafarm.org

Poetry to Inspire Spring Planting

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I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

Excerpt from Marge Piercy, “To be of use” from Circles on the Water. 1982

Spring Planting Party Revision

Unfortunately due to the campus closure on Thursday March 19th the planting party had to be postponed. We have arranged the new date for the planting party to be on Tuesday, March 24 from 4-6pm. The event will run as previously planned with live music from local musicians, refreshments and seed planting! Everyone is welcome to join us in the Conservatory of the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre to celebrate the beginning of Spring and the gardening season!

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Planting Party

We are excited to celebrate the beginning of spring with song, dance, plants and the best people Wolfville has to offer!
Join all of us from the Acadia Farm and the Fork and Farm Club to plant seeds for yourself and for the farm!
All while enjoying refreshments and live music from:
The Woodscott Band Dewey Dunnington Kelly MacNeil
Thursday, March 19th from 4-6pm In the KCIC Conservatory.

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Welcome Myah, 2015 Farm Coordinator

Welcome Myah Rach-Sharpe, the Acadia Farm 2015 Student Coordinator. Myah is in her first year in Community Development and Environment and Sustainability Studies at Acadia. She has a lot of experience in the field having woofed in Ireland and New Zealand and operated her own small farm last summer. We are all looking forward to working with Myah this season. Her contact is myah@acadiafarm.org.


About

The Acadia Community Farm began in the Spring of 2008 with the vision of providing local, organic produce to the dining hall at Acadia University, while also serving as a community garden. Now entering our seventh growing season, the ACF has grown (no pun intended) to become a community centre for the exchange of knowledge surrounding gardening, food, and sustainable agriculture. Read the blog or explore the site to find out more!

Contact

Want to get involved? Contact info@acadiafarm.org

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