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Adam MacLean, left, garden project coordinator, and Phil Ferraro, chairman of the board, shows plans for the 2014 Legacy Garden. Funded by P.E.I. 2014, the next planning meeting will be April 5 at the P.E.I. Farm Centre at 2:30 p.m.
Though the earth is frozen and covered with snow, work has started on the 2014 Legacy Garden.
It's located on a section of the Charlottetown Experimental Farm that's being revitalized by the Farm Centre Association and its partners.
“The seeds have been ordered and most of the plants have been ordered and volunteers are being organized,” says Adam MacLean, garden project coordinator, who is looking forward to breaking ground in the spring.
Funded by P.E.I. 2014, the celebratory and educational landscape will feature community gardens, orchards and demonstration/research activities.
“My vision is for people to come together and learn about food, gardening and farming on P.E.I. and to reconnect people with the source of their food, whether it’s in the garden in a plot that they’re managing or sourcing from an Island farmer or grower.”
While MacLean waits, he’s planning his green teams.
“We’re getting people together at a couple of meetings over the next month,” says MacLean, who held his first meet-and-greet, this past Saturday.
Novices and seasoned gardeners met at the P.E.I. Farm Centre to trade gardening tips, plan garden plots and share their hopes and dream for the upcoming growing season.
Another planning meeting will be held at the P.E.I. Farm Centre on April 5 at 2:30 p.m.
“Rather than dictate, we’re engaging people to design their garden membership. We’ll have a range of plot sizes depending on what people want,” says MacLean.
The Legacy Garden project is rooted in the history of the Charlottetown Experimental Station (farm). Established in 1909, the farm was a popular train stop, hosting weddings, royals, picnics and celebrations of Island culture.
Fast-forward to today, organizers want to restore it to its former glory.
And progress is being made.
A draft map shows a community garden space that’s expanding and growing each day, as more people get involved, demonstration and research plots that Agriculture Canada is involved with as well as a celebratory space where people can come for special events.
“Our goal for the 2014 Legacy Garden is to revitalize a small section of this experimental farmland and reestablish and reenergize these traditions of celebrating farming and food on P.E.I.,” says Phil Ferraro, chairman of the board, one of the people who worked with the team at Agriculture Canada to secure the land.
“It’s such a great resource to people of Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island and we want to reconnect people with this space, appreciating it,” he says.
JUST THE FACTS
What: The 2014 Legacy Garden Project
Details: Call 892-3419 or go to www.peifarmcentre.com/garden-project.