Renovations coming to update Charlottetown's Farm Centre

Teresa Wright
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Ron MacKinley, MLA, Gail Shea, MP, and John Horrelt, chairman of the P.E.I. 2014 community advisory committee, attended an announcement at the Charlottetown Farm Centre Thursday regarding money being given to rejuvenate the Farm Centre and towards a 2014 project.

Government funding of $170,000 to help with the upgrades

The Farm Centre in Charlottetown is getting a facelift thanks to funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Facility upgrades to the 40-year-old building will focus on critical internal and external infrastructure, energy efficiency and updates to meeting spaces and technology requirements.

“These grants announced here today are going to be very beneficial for our building,” said Exton MacPherson, chairman of the P.E.I. Farm Centre Association.

“As a not-for-profit organization, we would not be in the position to carry out these upgrades on our own. We are very pleased to receive federal and provincial support to move forward with these improvements.”

In total the building is getting just over $170,000 for the much-needed upgrades.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is contributing the lion’s share with $141,906 through its business development program. The provincial government’s Island Community Fund is investing the remaining $28,381.

“The farm system on Prince Edward Island encompasses a remarkable group of producers, processors, distributors, marketers and consumers,” said Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.

“These upgrades will better support the valuable work carried out by our agriculture entrepreneurs and the small and medium-sized businesses that directly support this vital Island sector.”

Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley said the facility has been an important asset for the agriculture and fisheries sectors in P.E.I.

“The province is pleased to provide an Island Community Fund investment to modernize the P.E.I. Farm Centre,” MacKinley said.

The facility houses 15 tenants, including the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, Adapt Council of P.E.I., Dairy Farmers of P.E.I. and the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association.

Built in 1975, the Farm Centre has served as a central hub for the Island’s farm organizations. It continues to serve as a central urban location for farmers and fishers as an effective and convenient centre for the Island’s primary industries.

The Farm Centre Association was also a recipient of a P.E.I. 2014 Fund with a grant valued at $175,000.

This project will support the creation of culinary events, seminars, conferences, and workshops, hosted in the building to celebrate the significant achievements of present-day Island farmers, while honouring previous generations.

The Farm Centre Association will also create the P.E.I. Legacy Landscape – an outdoor living classroom featuring a diversity of Island-bred crops for the public to learn about farming, food and sustainability through workshops, demonstrations and experiential learning. 

Organizations: P.E.I. Farm Centre Association, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Island Community Fund P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture Adapt Council

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

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  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    October 26, 2013 - 16:36

    Look at the dynamic duo at it once again. Giving away borrowed monies that our children and grand children will have to pay back. We have got to wonder if they actually believe the crap they spout off. Do they believe their own words? Right, the words they speak are not their own words, as someone else is in charge of speech writing, just like someone else is responsible for doing all the heavy lifting, as these two seem to be incapable of original thought, much less critical thinking. They are typical yes men in this corrupted political system that gives us the impression that we have some control over our own destiny when in fact we do not. We are controlled at every option. Every choice is one structured to get the desired answer. I want real leaders, not followers, not one of Harper's yes men.

  • How it is...
    October 25, 2013 - 11:26

    While there are definitely better uses for Gov't funding, that building is an eyesore inside and out. Having spent time in those offices, it's as if the place is stuck in the 70's. Old dilapidated furniture, rotting carpet, washrooms falling apart. At least it's not money going towards another highway.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      October 26, 2013 - 16:43

      But look at them laughing as if everything is warm, and cuddly, not a worry in the world. They can laugh and smile at it because they are really smiling and laughing at us, the general 'dumbed down public' that has to pay back the monies, because rather than being outraged at our gov's mismanagement of the public purse, our citizen's just go about life waiting for someone else to fix things. Well that is not going to happen until we take back our system of governance and hold the ones responsible RESPONSIBLE.