A change of scenery.

As some of you might have read in Hillary’s last update – last week was a fairly hectic one for the future of the farm. The central issue was, as it so often is, location.

After surveying the proposed site near the Public Works building on Elm st. (hereafter referred to as ‘The Dump’) early last week, it became quite apparent that there were several overarching problems with starting a garden there. I’ll put up some pictures over the next few days, but my textual imagery will have to suffice as I walk through the concerns we had with transforming The Dump into The Farm.

First and foremost, size. The plot that the University had finally settled on giving to us was approximately 60′ x 200′, which works out to about one-quarter of an acre, a far cry from the acre we had hoped for (and bought seeds for). If we settled for a plot this size, not only would the production aspect of the farm be significantly hindered, but we’d have to slash the community plots from the project entirely…just not enough room. Add to this fairly major obstacle the fact that the garden would essentially be a foot and a half of healthy topsoil piled on top of 15 feet of clay packed down by years of heavy machinery, and the drainage and runoff becomes a serious problem.

Enter the new site – a patch of grass immediately to the east of the dykeland soccer fields (if you’re coming from the new trail behind the arena, walk to the end of the soccer fields and turn right, you’ll see it). The soil is heavy, the wind is strong, but it screams potential. There’s tons of space and tons of sun – we’ll just have to make the rest work.

So, now comes the hard part, turning a few acres of healthy lawn into a few acres of healthy farmland. Check out the EVENTS page for a description of what we’ll be doing throughout the week – culminating in some big deal ceremony on Saturday where we’ll plant some tomatoes, shake some hands, take some pictures and then, when the hubub dies down, plant some more tomatoes.

We’ll be working all week on preparing the site, so stop by and tell us how to do things better, we could use the help.

Other news: We’re really excited about being involved with NSYCC. We’ve put up a job posting in a few places around town and circulated it on several email lists – but if you know any young folks (you’ve got to be 17-24 years old and a returning student) who might be interested in food, farming, conservation, environmentalism, or racking up a disheartening number of hours of backbreaking menial labour, send them our way.

The plants are ready for their new home! Keep in touch!

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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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