Welcome Acadia’s first Farmer In Residence

Rachel Eisener, fourth year Recreation Management and Environment and Sustainability Studies student, is Acadia’s first Farmer in Residence!  Rachel has served in a variety of leadership roles on campus including most recently as co-coordinator for the ESST society and coordinator of Eco-House.  An active campus and community volunteer, Rachel was involved in the Acadia Farm throughout last season and is excited to help the farm grow. Welcome to your new role Rachel!

Welcome also to returning members of the Management Committee! Students Mike Belyea and Kira McLean, community members Liesel Carlsson and Libby Vervaeke and me, Jodie Noiles, Acadia Sustainability Coordinator. Dr. Alan Warner is joining the committee in May upon return from sabbatical in New Zealand to serve as Faculty Advisor. Welcome Alan. Farewell to friends Dewey Dunnington and Dan Aurell who have moved on to new adventures. May your tomatoes always ripen! (or insert vegetable reference of your choice :-))

For those who have not yet heard of the Farmer in Residence program, here’s a little background. The Farmer in Residence program, created in partnership with Student Affairs and the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment, is an exciting new opportunity for a student to serve in a leadership role on campus by helping to manage the Acadia Community Farm.  Living on campus in the newly designated “Farm-House” on University Avenue, the Farmer in Residence also plays an important outreach role with students in residence and the entire Acadia community. We are hopeful this new program will not only help build our organizational capacity but create a valuable experiential learning opportunity for an Acadia Student.

Stay tuned for updates on programs and activities for our fourth season.



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Soon these flowers will be delicious fruit 🍓🍎. . Our strawberry patch is a newer addition to the farm. A big thank you to Sadie for her donation allowing us to purchase strawberry plants to fill five beds!
Just picked up some composted manure for bed prep and transplanting next week! This gardeners gold was sourced from Sutton Hill Stables just down the road! As usual Anna our farm dog🐕 is supervising to make sure we get the job done right.
The Acadia Community Farm is excited to announce our first workshop of the 2019 season! Join us on Tuesday, June 11th 7:00pm at the Acadia Community Farm to learn more about growing a vegetable garden. Please RSVP sarah@acadiafarm.org
Farm delivery! 👩🏻‍🌾 You may see our farm coordinator biking around Wolfville this summer and fall with a trailer full of produce. Yesterday it was used to transport our seedlings 🌱 from the K.C. Irving Center greenhouse down to the farm. See if you can spot our garden coordinator biking delicious veggie up to Wheelock Dining Hall this fall 🍂 🚴🏻‍♀️
We’ve been lucky with two good days of weather in a row. Fingers crossed for another one tomorrow! Today we rotated our compost piles and set up two new compost bins. These were graciously donated to the farm by Environmental Sustainability students Chelsey and Daniella! The soil is just dry enough to start planting out some of our seedlings. Today we transplanted swiss chard, cabbage, and kale! 🥬
Happy Sunday! It looks like we have some sunshine this coming week 🌤. This means our cabbage, kale and swiss chard will finally be transplanted into the garden! 🥬



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