Community Farm Updates!

Hi everyone,

As Hillary mentioned in her last email before she, Alex, and Stefan left town, I am one of the new volunteer coordinators of the Acadia Community Farm (along with Dewey Dunnington, Brynne Sinclair-Waters and Tyler Boucher); many of you may remember me from the gardens this past summer, as I had a garden plot there and could be found digging around in that rich, clumpy soil on a near-daily basis! I am very happy to be one of the members of a new team dedicated to making sure this wonderful project continues- as any of you who have spent time down at the gardens know, the Community Farm is a very special place where all good things grow! And even though gardening season seems to be eons away when we look outside and see the icy, snow-covered ground, the four of us (and others) have been working diligently to make sure that things are in place down at the Farm by the time Spring rolls around (it will be here before we know it!). So I wanted to send out an email to let you all know some important things that we’ve been up to lately, and how you can help and get involved! So, here goes:

1. You may have seen the posters around town advertising the Farm’s upcoming fundraiser, entitled “The Acadia Community Farm presents: A Fundraising Concert with Ruth Minnkin and special guests Heather Kelday and Adam Bazinet”, which is happening at the Al Whittle Theatre on Feb. 13th. It is no secret that the Farm is in a very tight financial situation this year (we are no longer eligible to apply for the Federal grant that paid for Hillary, Alex and Stefan to coordinate the Farm and all of the work that accompanies it); as it stands now we do not have sufficient funds to hire even one coordinator to make sure all of the pieces come together for planting time. This puts the project in jeopardy, as it requires a lot of work and time to coordinate everything that the Farm does. BUT here’s what you can do to help: COME TO OUR FUNDRAISER! Ruth Minnikin is one of Halifax’s finest folk singer/songwriters and is an accomplished veteran of the Nova Scotia indie music scene. She was a member of the critically-acclaimed Halifax bands The Guthries and The Heavy Blinkers, and has played with many internationally-renowned artists, such as David Byrne, Kris Kristofferson, The Lemonheads, Calexico, and Blue Rodeo, to name a few. She has also collaborated with many well-known local artists, including Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, and Buck 65, among others. She releases her fourth solo album, “Depend on This”, on January 26th, 2010. In Wolfville, Ruth will be sharing the stage with our very own Heather Kelday (www.heatherkelday.com), and Adam Bazinet, host of the popular Monday night open mic at the Just Us! cafe on Main St. IT’S GOING TO BE AN AWESOME SHOW! Bring your friends and tell everyone you know! Tickets are $12 advance/students, available at the Box of Delights book store on Main St., or $15 at the door. Get them now, while they’re still available; we’re hoping to sell this show out!

2. We now have a PayPal account set up on the Farm website (www.acadiafarm.org), under the heading “Get Involved!”, so if you or anyone you know would like to make a donation to help ensure the Acadia Community Farm can continue its good work, please visit the site, or get in touch with one of us (info@acadiafarm.org) to find out about other ways to donate.

3. Though we new coordinators have been working hard to get things started for the upcoming season at the Farm, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. We would LOVE to hear from any of you who have some extra time to donate to the Farm, and there are many areas of volunteer work to get involved in. If you have any interest and/or experience and/or expertise in any of these areas, please reply to this email and let us know:
-fundraising            -garden planning            -data entry         -advertising          -writing         -building/physical infrastructure
-student/community recruitment                  -website/technical skills                -fundraiser volunteering           -postering

…and there could be many more! Basically, if you have any interest in helping out at all, let us know. No task is too small!

4. In our efforts to plan for the upcoming growing season, we would like to get an idea of how many people are interested in having a garden plot at the Farm this summer. We would like to know if a) you are 100% sure that you will be around for the entire growing season and would like a plot (ie you would actually like to sign up for one now) or b) you are fairly certain that you will be around and would like a plot, but can’t commit 100% right now. Please note that to receive a community garden plot this year you will have to sign a contract at the beginning of the season outlining the expectations for volunteer work (or a fee in lieu of this volunteer time) in exchange for plots (this volunteer work can entail many different things, so physical limitations should not be a deterrent). We are expecting an increased demand for plots this year, so there will be a stricter expectation of commitment to volunteering with the Farm to tend the shared Campus and Food Bank plots. That said, we’d be thrilled to have all of you on board, and we can’t wait to start getting our hands dirty in the great outdoors once again! Reply to this email and let us know!

I think those are the main things for now. We will continue to send out updates as they come up, so keep checking in through email and the website (www.acadiafarm.org). If you are on Facebook, join our group (Acadia Community Farm) and look for the Ruth Minnikin fundraiser event page on Facebook as well (which will be posted on the ACF group); click “attending” and invite your FB friends to attend too!

Anyway, I hope you’re all well and surviving (or enjoying, even) winter! Hope to hear from you all soon!

Heather MacArthur

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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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