Overview

The Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield (UFMSS) is a volunteer-run, registered charity founded in 1996, run by a Board of Directors. The Farm’s mandate is to facilitate food production in the urban area by teaching children and adults how to grow food. Situated on the Kidston Farm which dates back to 1822, our events help celebrate the agricultural heritage of Spryfield. In the fall 2016 we acquired the deed to an adjacent 2.6 acres of land and the Society is now planning the creation of a living museum for the community on this heritage property.

Our programs are accessible to anyone in the community, engaging people of all ages, all abilities. In order to teach food-related skills, the Society published a practical, everyday cookbook called Foods of Spry’s Field, and followed this in 2014 with Come Grow With Us, A Family Guide to Growing Vegetables, written by our volunteers, that is used for teaching gardening. We also published two brochures to help gardeners with growing vegetables and fruit. These have been translated from English into 5 other languages and are available for free download from our website.

The Come Grow with Us program is available to twelve families each year who rent a plot and are instructed in the curriculum by paid staff and volunteers. In addition, the Farm has another 20 plots for rent, season-by-season, and an area of about ten plots set aside for visiting groups, such as IWK Mental Health, Autism Nova Scotia, the BRISK children’s camp (Chebucto Connections) and the Boys and Girls Club groups. The remainder of the cultivated area is for the market garden from which the Society sells produce to raise funds for programs and maintenance.

In the fall of 2017 we started the Farm-Forest School for children ages 4-11 years in a preschool and an after-school program, which is continuing in 2018.

In partnership with Pathways to Education we are running a program for young adults in the community to learn how to grow a vegetable garden, how to harvest and prepare their own home-grown food.

The Farm is a wonderful place for events, so we host School Farm Day, Harvest Fair, and Evenings in the Garden, and offer workshops on relevant topics, such as Monarch butterflies, tree identification, seed saving, and vermiculture. In partnership with the Spryfield Community Association, we piloted an outdoor film series in 2017 which will continue in 2018.

 

Governance

The Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield is a registered charity,
governed by a Board of Directors.

The members of the Board are:

President: Catherine MacPhee

Vice-President: Bruce Holland

Past President: Patricia MacLean

Treasurer: Janet Kidston

Secretary: Heather Cumming

Members-at-large: Christina Carter, Crysta Cumming, Emily Eager, Mary Pellerine, and Abe Sorge

Board of Directors, 2018
Front (L-R) Janet Kidston, Bruce Holland, Catherine MacPhee, Pat MacLean, Heather Cumming
Middle (L-R) Emily Eager, Chrstina Carter
Back (L-R) Mary Pellerine, Crysta Cumming, Abe Sorge

The Board meets monthly and all members are welcome at that meeting. The administration and planning for farm activities are managed through committees who report to the Board. Members have the opportunity to serve on these committees. The Annual General Meeting takes place in June each year.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND DONORS

United Way of Halifax

City of Halifax, Councillor Steve Adams

Halifax Northwest Rotary Club, Toonies for Change

Janet Kidston

and thanks to generous individuals who donated generously to the Urban Farm in 2017:

Don Auby
Justin Comeau
Tim and Jocelyn Covert
Heather Cumming
Greg Davis
Christopher Davison
Kim Elliot
Elizabeth Eve
Melissa and Aaron Gunn
Ann Hart
John and Gloria Kidston
Regina Maas
Pat MacLean
Jim MacLean
Graham McBride
Alex McKeown
Carolyn Mont
Lorraine Morris
Kathy Neufeld
Michele Raymond
Liz Spence
Christine Verhulp
Heather Watts
Carole and Donnie Webb
Claire Welychko