News and Events

Urban Farm project enters Phase 2

Cities & Environment Unit and Capital Health’s Partners for Care are moving ahead with developing an urban farm as an interim use on the site of the former Queen Elizabeth High School. Building on the outcomes of the first Public Forum held in November 2010, the Common Roots project is now entering Phase 2: Program and Design Development.

Download the Phase 2 poster [pdf, 1.2MB]
Download the report summarizing the outcomes of Phase 1: [pdf, 3.9MB]

Public Session 1. Program Development
Participants at this session will develop detailed programming for the farm focusing on what will be produced and how. Conversations will include the specific crops grown, the scale of plots/gardens/fields, and the possibilities for keeping animals.
Date, Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 / 5:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Citadel/Cunard Room, Hotel Atlantica, 1980 Robie St.

Public Session 2. Farm Operations & Governance
This session will focus on how the farm operates on a day-to-day and seasonal basis, including the technical requirements such as equipment, machinery and facilities. How the farm will run, opportunities for volunteers, special events and management will be covered.
Date, Time: Thursday, February 3, 2011 / 5:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Citadel/Cunard Room, Hotel Atlantica, 1980 Robie St.

Public Session 3. Food Distribution
Session 3 will focus on how produce will be distributed; how individuals or groups access food and learn about gardening and food preparation; and how the farm contributes to healthier habits and lifestyles in the broader community.
Date, Time: Wednesday, February 9 / 5:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Bethune Ballroom, Bethune Building, VG site, 1276 South Park Street

Public Session 4. Design Development
The project ideas developed in the first 3 sessions will inform specific design development of gardens and fields, open spaces, access requirements, facilities and other elements developed at previous workshops.
Date, Time: Thursday, March 3 / 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Bethune Ballroom, Bethune Building, VG site, 1276 South Park Street

Public Session 5. Design Review
This final session will provide an opportunity to review and refine the outcomes of the previous four public sessions.
Date, Time: Wednesday, March 9 / 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Bethune Ballroom, Bethune Building, VG site, 1276 South Park Street

Download a map of the VG site [pdf, 564 KB]