Notice: Due to the ongoing provincial State of Emergency and recent restrictions at the university due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the region, Acadia regrets to announce that the Acadia Community Farm will remain closed for the 2021 season. This decision has been made to keep our campus and community safe during this time. We look forward to the 2022 season and welcoming back our students and community gardeners. Visit the Acadia University Covid-19 website for more information.
The Acadia Community Farm is a half-acre educational garden started in 2008 by Acadia students, Alex Redfield and Hillary Barter. Since that first season it has grown to host forty individual campus and community garden plots as well as the original University and Food Bank gardens. Organic produce is grown and harvested by students and volunteers for the Acadia dining hall and also donated to the local food bank.
The Acadia Farm is an internal organization of the Acadia Sustainability Office. Students and volunteers play a big role in managing and maintaining the farm with support from the Acadia Sustainability Office and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. A student coordinator is hired each season and is responsible for day to day operations under the supervision of the Acadia Sustainability Coordinator.
Each year seasonal workshops are offered by local experts on a variety of topics such as permaculture, organic gardening, seed saving and more. The Farm is also used as a teaching resource and for field research for a variety of Acadia courses in community development, biology, environmental and sustainability studies and others.
The Farm also serves as the Town of Wolfville Community Garden, with garden plots available to anyone in the Acadia and Wolfville community. Plots are free of charge and plot holders provide volunteer time in exchange.
Funding is provided by our partners including Acadia Dining Services by Chartwells, Acadia University, the Acadia Students' Union, the Town of Wolfville, Friends of Agriculture in Nova Scotia, Service Canada and others.
The Acadia Farm is open from May to October each season. Contact us to learn how to get involved. No experience, only enthusiasm, is necessary.
Acadia Community Farm Though the Years by Katherine Waterbury (2020)
Starting in July 2020 the Acadia Community Farm is producing a seasonal newsletter with feature articles, seasonal recipes from Chef Peter and a Farmer's Forum with Q&A from our members and panel of experts. Email us if you would like to receive the newsletter.
Our Core Values
The following values have been core to our work since the Farm was re-established in 2008. Our intention is that the Acadia Community Farm will serve the campus and community with a focus on being:
The Acadia Community Farm is governed by a committee of staff, faculty and students. Current members include:
Jodie Noiles, Acadia Sustainability Coordinator (Acadia Farm Director)
Dr. Liesel Carlsson, School of Nutrition and Dietetics
Melanie Priesntiz, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens
Sarah Boudreau, Farm Coordinator (2016-2019)