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The Story of Gido’s Garlic


This past fall the Acadia Farm was graciously donated many bulbs of garlic from David Kristie, the Director of Research in the KC Irving Environmental Science Center.

The story behind the Gido’s garlic starts in the 1960’s when David Kristie’s Grandfather traveled to Ukraine. There he collected some of his family’s garlic with plans for it to return to Canada with him. It would not be easy to transport as he was under watchful eye during the Cold War, technically not allowed to transport goods such as garlic across borders.

He was clever, and individual cloves were stitched into the cuffs of his pants. They were carried across land and ocean into Hamilton, Canada where they were first planted into Canadian soil. The garlic was passed down through the generations in the Kristie family and can now be found growing across the country in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

It is not known exactly what village David Kristie’s Grandfather traveled to in the 1960’s, or what the original name of the garlic was. For this reason, and the amazing endeavour undertaken by David’s Grandfather, the garlic has been named Gido’s Garlic. “Gido” which translates into Grandfather.

The Acadia Community Farm currently has approximately 150 bulbs growing that were planted this past fall.  After they are harvested and cured they will be making their way to Wheelock Dining Hall for Acadia Students to enjoy as well as to the Wolfville Food Bank!



Join Us for Open Farm Day on Sunday, September 17th!

The Acadia Farm would like to invite you to come visit us for Open Farm Day!

Join us for some brain teasers, sun tea, and late season planting. Drop in any time between 1:00pm and 3:00pm to get to know where your food comes from and how you can get involved.

Date: Sunday, September 17th

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00

Location: Acadia Community Farm (behind the Acadia Athletics Complex)

NOTE: There is an active bee hive on site.

Welcome Back Acadia Students!

The Acadia Community Farm is in full swing! Perfect timing as Acadia Students return to campus. We look forward to seeing new and returning faces at the farm this fall. If you would like to volunteer for the Acadia Community Farm contact Have no prior experience in the garden, no problem! We encourage anyone who is eager and willing to learn, to come out and volunteer.

Farm Update

Our pumpkins are looking great, and will be ready in October to be donated to the Wolfville Food Bank.

The sunflowers are starting to bloom and will soon be cut and delivered to Wheelock Dining Hall.

Kale growing in our cold frame was delivered Wheelock Dining Hall this week.


Upcoming harvests will include cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, swiss chard and lettuce.


Composting Workshop Wednesday, August 23rd 6:00pm

Composting Workshop!

Please join us at the Acadia Community Farm for our Composting workshop at 6:00pm on Wednesday August 23rd!

Season Extension Workshop July 26th

Please join us at the Acadia Community Farm for our Season Extension workshop from 7:00-9:00pm on Wednesday July 26th! Screen Shot 2017-07-19 at 10.05.27 AM.png

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Hello July!

The Acadia Community Farm is off to a fantastic start thanks to our faithful Volunteers! We welcome anyone who is interested in helping out to come join us on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00pm. No previous experience required!


Plot Holders, Volunteers and our Farm dog Anna are working hard planting cucumbers at our weekly Wednesday Night Volunteering



Arianne (left) and Alisha (right) are securing row cover that protects squash from striped cucumber beetle.


Garlic, strawberries and tomatoes are just some of the many things you can grow here at the Acadia Community Farm. Come down and sneak a peek of what else is growing!


New residence on campus…for bees!

Andrew Collins and Sarah Boudreau assembling the hive.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our first bee hive at the Acadia Farm. The hive will be used for teaching and research in partnership with the Acadia Beekeeping Club and the Department of Biology. Under the direction of Dr. Dave Shutler and Dr. Kirk Hillier and local beekeepers Kevin Spicer and Perry Brandt, students will learn about the role of bees in agriculture and investigate integrated pest management techniques. Stop by the farm to welcome our newest campus residents and learn about bees!


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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