End of Season Social Nov 19th

All are invited to join us for the Acadia Farm End of Season Social. Live music, good food and even better company. Drop in anytime between 2pm-4pm on Saturday November 19th at DeWolfe House. New farmers welcome.

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Afternoon at the Farm with King’s-Edgehill

The Acadia Community Farm had the opportunity to welcome King’s-Edghilll School on a beautiful sunny afternoon in October. The students helped to harvest a grand total of 35 pounds of tomatoes to be freshly delivered to the dining hall on campus. Thankfully, more tomatoes found their way into the buckets than into the hungry mouths of students. This experience provided the students with valuable information about growing and harvesting your own food. Hopefully this experience planted a seed of change in their minds, and opened up students to the benefits of growing their own food.

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(Cherry tomatoes harvested by the students of King’s-Edgehill)

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In the above picture we find the Acadia Community Farm coordinator showing students and teachers the joys of seed saving, which is the ability to let certain plants go to seed to be collected and saved for the coming spring.

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The students were fortunate enough to meet some of the plot holders who have been growing food in the community garden all summer. At the farm we have gardeners of all different experience levels and they are happy to share their knowledge and love of gardening with the students.

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Freshly picked handful of ground cherries, which were grown by one of the plot holders. Some of the students were surprised to discover that they don’t in fact taste like cherries, and more closely resemble a tomato

The Acadia Community Farm is happy to partner with King’s-Edgehill school to help them develop tools to grow and expand their own gardens. Through this partnership King’s-Edgehill was able to make a connection with the Chartwells dining hall on their campus. Hopefully in the near future students of King’s-Edghill will see food grown from their very own community garden being served in their dining hall.

Apple Preserving Workshop

Happy Fall!

The Acadia Community Farm would like to invite you and your friends to our FREE Fall workshop on October 25th from 7:00-9:00pm! In this workshop you will be learning how to preserve apples by making apple sauce and apple butter. Best of all each participant will take home a jar of apple sauce and apple butter! Please RSVP to secure your spot as space is limited!
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Golden Tomatoes Award

The Acadia Community Farm is pleased to present the Golden Tomatoes award to the owner of plot #1 Heather Jantzi. Heather is entering her fourth year here at Acadia and was a first time gardner with the Acadia Community Farm this summer. Check out her Q & A to see how she was able to grow an abundance of delicious tomatoes.

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What is your favourite part about the Acadia Community Farm?
My favourite thing about the community farm is seeing the uniqueness of everyone’s plots. No two gardens are the same and it’s fascinating to see how each members hard work creates a “farm quilt” with their plot.
Why do you garden?
I took up gardening this summer to learn something new and to heighten my nutrition learning experience from a new angle.  We have learned so much about food sustainability in our program; gardening allowed me to put some of those classroom discussions into hands-on learning.
What is your favourite thing to grow?
My tomatoes! They are the only fruit my family grew in our garden since I was a child so I love carrying on the legacy.
What is your secret to such healthy tomato plants?
The success of my tomato plants actually surprised me since this year has been the first time I have gardened independently.  I watered them everyday (and by watered I mean A LOT of water – they can never have too much!) and I fertilized the plants every 2-3 weeks with cow manure compost.
Any advice you would give to other first time gardeners?
I would say DO start small as a quality garden requires a lot of TLC; then, the more you learn the more you can expand your growing! I also advise DON’T be discouraged when plants look like they’re not thriving – google is a great tool to find quick fixes.  With a little time, the plants will bounce back – and if they don’t, it’s just part of mother nature!
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(Heather’s tomatoes earlier in the season)

Harvest Time!

Harvesting season has begun down at the Farm! A big thank you to all of the volunteers who have been helping with harvesting, weeding, and watering! Take a look at the fruits of our labour.

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Largest harvest of the season! 57 cucumbers, 14 pounds of  beans, 2 pounds of swiss chard, and 4 containers of tomatoes!

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Erica with her first harvest from her individual plot!

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Heather proud of her garden harvest!

Heather is the recipient of our next farm award. Check in soon to read about her award and learn a little more about her gardening experience.

The Weedless Garden Award

The Acadia Community Farm would like to present its first award of the season to plot #2. Each day when I make my way down the farm I am in awe of each and every individual plot. All of the  gardeners have a different approach to planting, design, and the maintenance of their garden. Plot #2 stood out the most as it seemed to never have a single weed growing in the garden while all of the vegetable plants were thriving! For this reason I am pleased to announce that plot #2 will receive the “Weedless Garden” award. Here is a little bit about the gardner of plot #2 and their secret to a weedless garden.

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  • How long have you been gardening?

For about 20 years – veggies, that is

  • What got you interested in gardening?

I particularly enjoy the taste and smell of veggies out of the garden — they just seem so much better than what you buy in the store.  Maybe more importantly, gardening gives you time to think, and to feel productive; it’s a fairly solitary activity and you get to see the fruit (and vegetables) of your labour.

  • What plants do you like to grow?

Beans and tomatoes; I’ve tried to grow peas as well, but seem to have no luck with them.  This year I’m trying beets for the first time.

  • What is your secret to controlling the weeds in your garden?

Well it helps to be a little OCD;  I try to get them as soon as I can distinguish weeds from the veggies I’m growing, and I try to clear a few weeds several times a week, especially after a rain.

  • Any advice you have for a successful garden.

Be patient, and just enjoy it!

Let the Season Begin!

Things are starting to spring to life down at the farm!

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Bright swiss chard planted in our cold frame by the Sustainable Food Systems class graciously donated by Sarah Pittoello!

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Leeks (left) and Potatoes (right) planted by the Sustainable Food Systems class are also taking off down at the farm.

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The Radish seeds that were planted two weeks ago are starting break ground! They are the first of all the planted seeds to show signs of life. We are still waiting on beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, and lettuce to sprout.

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The tomato transplants are starting to settle into their new homes with a nice blanket of straw to help hold the water in the soil on those hot valley summer days.

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Further down the farm there is a lot of progress being made with the community members personal plots! I encourage anyone who is interested, to explore the Acadia Community Farm. You do not need to have a plot to visit the farm, all are welcome!

If you are interested in getting a plot to grow your own food reach out to sarah@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. 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!

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