Acadia Farm remains closed

The Government of Nova Scotia has lifted restrictions on community gardens. This is good news, however, please note that the farm will remain closed for the time being until we have been able to review operational plans and safety protocols for the season. Please check back for updates.

Acadia Farm opening postponed until June 1

Greetings gardeners! We have decided to postpone the opening of the Acadia Community Farm to comply with provincial public health directives. Normally the Farm opens around May 1st with staff, students and community members beginning work together in the field. As the University is currently closed to the public and we need to limit interactions on campus the season start date is delayed until June 1st for the time being. We will re-evaluate in mid-May and provide an update at that time.

We realize this is disappointing news at a time when many are keen to grow gardens and the need to produce food is greater than in previous years. We recognize this is unfortunate, but our first priority is the safety of staff, students and the community and complying with public health directives.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Please contact jodie@acadiafarm.org if you have any questions.

~The Acadia Community Farm Management Team

Thank you Sarah for four years of hard work and dedication!

Many thanks to Sarah Boudreau for four years of hard work and dedication at the Acadia Community Farm. Sarah will complete her education degree this year and so sadly 2019 was her final season as Coordinator of the Acadia Farm. We will miss her, but recognize her many contributions to helping grow the garden over the last four years and wish her well! Thank you Sarah!!!

Planting Gido’s Garlic!

Nutrition Education & Sustainable Food Systems students planting next seasons garlic beds! It was a beautiful fall evening for planting. Students had a lot of fun learning how to plant garlic and hearing the incredible story of Gido’s garlic. These garlic cloves will will stay nice and warm over the winter with a thick layer of mulch to tuck them in for the cold season. We can’t wait to see them sprouting in the spring!

Welcome Back Acadia Students!

Student – Athlete Laura Pleiderer weeding the beet bed while volunteering last month

Welcome back to both new and returning Acadia Students! We are excited to have you back on campus and hope you come down to visit us at the Acadia Community Farm.

Look for us at Club Extravaganza Wednesday September 4th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Acadia Students’ Union Building. Here we will be able to talk with you about the farm and how you can sign-up to get involved.

Students can volunteer with us every Wednesday evening from 6:00pm – 7:30 pm.

If you’re wondering what to expect while volunteering here is a list of potential activities:

  • Planting
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Mulching
  • Harvesting
  • Garden Clean up

Feel free to contact Sarah Boudreau at sarah@acadiafarm.org if you would like more information.

June 17th Volunteer Session Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to the current and forecasted rain/thunder showers tonight’s volunteer session from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm will be cancelled. Stay safe and dry!

Summer Sun and Heat Safety

With temperatures in the high 20’s and 30’s it is important that you work smart in the heat. If you need to do work outside we suggest early morning before 10 am or late evening after 5 pm. Make sure to wear a hat, sun screen, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in the shade.

Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The graphic was originally distributed by the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services (OES).

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. The Farm has grown to become an educational community centre for the exchange of knowledge surrounding gardening, food, and sustainable agriculture. Explore the site to find out more or stop by the Farm for a visit!

Contact

Want to get involved? Contact info@acadiafarm.org

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