The Acadia Community Farm is a half acre educational and community garden in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The Farm is dedicated to producing local, organic food for Wheelock dining hall at Acadia University and The Wolfville Food Bank, as well as providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere where students and community members alike can grow food for themselves. Through workshops, conferences and volunteer opportunities, the Farm engages and unites the community around the topic of food. Want to know more? Continue reading below for a more detailed breakdown of what the Acadia Community Farm is all about.

Farm Team

There are many people involved in the Acadia Community Farm helping to make each year a success.  In addition to the many campus and community volunteers and plotholders who cultivate and maintain the garden each year there is also an Advisory Committee consisting of students, staff, faculty and community members that oversees the operation and activities of the farm from year to year. In keeping with the tradition of the farm as a student focused initiative, day to day activities are managed in-season (May to October) by the Acadia Farm Student Coordinator.


  • 2019 Acadia Community Farm Coordinator- Sarah Boudreau, School of Education

    Ph: 902-585-1311 Email: sarah@acadiafarm.org

Advisory Committee

  • jodie-noiles
    Staff Advisor/Farm Director – Jodie Noiles, Sustainability Coordinator, Acadia University
    Ph: 902-585-1932 Email: jodie.noiles@acadiau.ca
  • Alan
    Faculty Advisor – Dr. Alan Warner, Recreation Management & Community Development and Environment & Sustainability Studies
    Ph:902-585-1562  Email alan.warner@acadiau.ca
  •  liesel-carlsson
    Faculty Advisor – Prof. Leisel Carlsson, Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ph: 902-585-1266 Email: liesel.carlsson@acadiau.ca
  • priesnitz
    Staff Advisor – Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturalist, Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
    Ph: 585-1936 Email: melanie.priesnitz@acadiau.ca

The Acadia Community Farm is sustainability through action. It’s through education and sharing our collective knowledge that we empower students and community members to learn from each other while producing both vegetables and a better tomorrow.

The concept of the Acadia Farm came about in September, 2008 when a few students started dreaming about FOOD. Not just any food mind you, but really, really good food. We wanted to eat it, of course, but we also wanted to plant it, to help it grow, to pick it, and to make sure it was the best food we could possibly imagine finally ending up on our plates and the plates of our friends. We saw ourselves working beside young kids, retirees, teachers, neighbours and roommates in a plot of land on our university campus. We wanted the very tomatoes we harvested in the morning to make their way up to Wheelock dining hall throughout the day to be eaten by our friends in their salads at dinnertime. We imagined that this garden would become a place to learn about farming, and about the value of organic and local foods for communities and for the environment.

The project consists of two main components:

  1. The Acadia Farm, Vegetable Production for Acadia’s Dining Hall — A student operated farm that will grow organic vegetables to serve on campus, replacing the pesticide and fertilizer intensive food that is currently sourced from all corners of the globe.  Students have the opportunity to learn about organic growing techniques and the importance of sustainable agriculture, all while contributing directly to the health and vitality of Acadia’s student community .
  2. The Acadia Community Garden, Vegetable Production for YOU — Land will be divided into plots for anyone to use to grow vegetables. Growers would have complete creative control over their areas, but also access to tools and plenty of good advice and great company.
  3. The Acadia Community Farm, Vegetable Production for the Community — In 2009 the Acadia Community Farm started making regular deliveries to the Wolfville Food Bank, and since has supported other community initiatives in need of good, fresh, local food.

The entire project is focused on collaboration. The farm can be incorporated into university curriculum, elementary school classes can visit or even participate in the garden, and workshops about anything food-related can be held on-site. The possibilities are endless.

We are in the garden!! Let us know what you think and if you’d like to get involved.

questions, comments, free-form poetry, and theme song submissions welcome at info@acadiafarm.org

Even More Information!

The Acadia Farm as YOUR Garden

Ever wanted to have a vegetable garden but didn’t know where to start? Or, maybe you’re a long-time gardener who would like to meet other like-minded folk while growing a few tomatoes in a community atmosphere. Or perhaps you’ve just moved into a new apartment or home that doesn’t have the yard space needed to accommodate a garden.

There will be tools, soil, seeds and water; knowledgeable people to give you advice; and very frequent BBQs and other fun stuff. Grow your own food – you’ll save money on groceries, be confident that your food is of the absolute best quality (no sketchy chemicals on this stuff), and probably have a great time while you’re at it.

Parcels of land are available for use by the general public, for the season. We are asking for a contribution of 6 hours of your time throughout the season to volunteer with the university plot. This cost would cover use of the land, access to our (ever-expanding) tool supply and whatever seeds we have lying around. Send us an email (info@acadiafarm.org) if you’re interested! We’ll keep you in-the-know about how to get started.

Other Ways To Get Involved

Help us build a shed, donate some old garden tools, tell us how you grow your tomatoes, plant seedlings with us in the greenhouse, put us in contact with your wealthy, generous aunt … or even the neighbours’ kid who works at Home Depot, bring down a bucket of compost, help us balance the books, tell us about a great eco-minded funding opportunity, bring your tiller down to the field, tell your neighbours, help us design a (better) website, tell us about your beautiful garden, put us in touch with your farmer friends (we’ll trade labour for compost or manure!), tell us what you’d like to see in a community garden, or just let us know that you’re interested!

Donate!

The Acadia Community Farm relies solely on donations and grants to provide funding from year to year. With no multi-year funding, the Farm is always in a tight spot with respect to ongoing costs such as hiring a coordinator for the growing season. You can give to the farm directly by getting a check to:

The Acadia Community Farm
52 University Ave., P.O. Box 90
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

or by donating online through PayPal. Whether it’s tilling the fields, growing food for the food bank, putting on workshops, getting involved in the curriculum of the University and local schools or keeping community gardeners on the same page, the Farm is working for you and your community to keep the issue of food on the table. Whether you’re pulling weeds, sharing knowledge or coming out to our events, we’re glad to have you involved. See you on the farm!

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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

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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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