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Olive’s Rhubarb

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20 + years ago Olive had planted Rhubarb which she grew to make pies, jams and various deserts. Over the years the plants grew very large and Olive has graciously donated some of her rhubarb plants to the Acadia Community Farm in hopes of spreading her love of gardening.

Olive spent her younger years in Avondale on a homestead and then later moved into Windsor. As long as Olive can remember her family always kept a kitchen garden. Everyone had kitchen gardens back then and they grew their own vegetables to ensure they had food to eat.

As a young adult Olive also had a huge kitchen, where she grew lots of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, and her favourite beets! Currently 94 years old Olive still has a love for gardening and fresh produce. Living on the St.Croix river Olive keeps a small garden outside her front door with the help of her great granddaughter.

Olive’s Great granddaughter Arianne delivering the rhubarb to the farm!
This is just one of Olives rhubarb plants that we divided into 12 new plants!
Above is Sarah the Acadia Farm Coordinator planting rhubarb at the farm with the help of Olive’s great granddaughter Arianne.
Olive’s rhubarb is nestled into their bed next to our cold frame

Welcome to the 2019 Season

First signs of life in the garden! Asparagus spears planted last year are starting to peek out of the soil.

Spring is finally here! The Acadia Community Farm is excited to extend a warm welcome to another season of growing organic produce and hosting over 40 community gardeners.

It is not too late to sign-up to for a garden plot of your own, or be a volunteer for us! No prior experience is necessary, just a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.

Contact Sarah at Sarah@acadiafarm.org to sign-up or find out more information.

Nutrition Education & Sustainable Food Systems Classes Hard at Work

We are very fortunate to have the Nutrition Education and Sustainable Food Systems classes integrated into what we do at the farm. Over the months of September and October the students volunteer their time as part of a service learning project. They come to us with a wealth of knowledge and great attitudes; eager to work and learn about how the Acadia Farm operates.

With their help over the past month we have been able to harvest over 150 pounds of food! We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in October!

Welcome Back Acadia Students!

Welcome back new and returning Acadia Students! We are excited to have you back on campus and hope you come down to visit us at the Acadia Community Farm. Look for us at Club Extravaganza night from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm this Tuesday, September 11th in the Acadia Students’ Union Building. Here we will be able to talk with you about the farm and how you can sign-up to get involved.

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Peaches & Tomatoes Canning Workshop!

Canning Workshop Poster

Thursday July 26th Volunteering Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to current and forecasted thunder showers the volunteer shift scheduled for today July 26th has been cancelled.

Be Smart and Be Safe in the Heat

With temperatures in the 30’s it is important that you work smart in the heat. If you need to do work outside we suggest early morning or late evening. Make sure to wear a hat, sun screen, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in the shade.

Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat(The graphic was originally distributed by the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services (OES).)

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

Want to get involved? Contact info@acadiafarm.org

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