Annual Workshop Series
Photo Credit: Acadia Farm. Dr. Paul Arnold teaching the basics of composting and vermiculture. 2013.
Each year, with support from funding agencies such as the Eastern Kings Memorial Health Foundation, the Acadia Farm hosts free educational workshops open to the community. Topics cover many aspects of organic gardening, local food systems, food security, sustainable agriculture and more and are facilitated by Acadia faculty and local experts.
Workshops are normally held in spring, summer and fall, each with a seasonal focus. Past workshops have included organic gardening, permaculture design, seed saving, composting and the popular preserving workshops offered in partnership with the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Gathering and gardening as a community is an important part of the Acadia Farm experience. In the early spring, planting parties are often held in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre to start seeds together and reconnect after the winter. Watch for the Spring Seeding Social in April. At the other end of the season we celebrate with an annual Fall Harvest Gathering. Weather permitting, this takes place at the Farm in October. Other events are planned during the growing season, but also throughout the academic year.
Fundraising Events & Activities
Photo Credit: Duger Turner. Holiday Fundraising Dinner at Charts Cafe in Wolfville. 2018.
The Acadia Farm relies on a variety of sources of funding each year to continue operations free of charge for all members of the campus and local community. Our partners, Acadia University, the Acadia Students' Union, the Town of Wolfville, Chartwells and others provide operating funds, but students and volunteers also coordinate fundraising events and activities, such as local dinners with partner restaurants, coat check at Devour Food and Film Festival, and t-shirt sales to generate additional revenue. Private donations are also accepted and help ensure the farm can continue for all to learn and enjoy.