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Common Roots Urban Farm looking for a new place to grow (2 photos)

'Where will our garden grow?' public engagement session takes place Wednesday
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The Common Roots Urban Farm on the verge of opening up for their 7th growing season, but once that's finished, they'll have to relocate.

The farm was set up as a pilot project at Robie Street and Bell Road in 2012. 

They have 195 garden plots which are rented to community members, a market garden where they grow food for sale or donation, and a section for volunteers and visitors.

Now with construction on the QEII Redevelopment Project expected to start in 2019, they're hunting for a new home.

The farm's project coordinator, Jayme Melrose said they will be holding a public engagement session this week to discuss their options.

"It will really be a celebration of what we've managed to accomplish together over the last 7 years," she explained. "Then a number of activities where we're gathering input from people about ideas of where we could possibly go, and then preferences of what we should be looking for when we're trying to choose a site."

Melrose said they're hoping to find a fairly big spot that will allow them to continue on with the programs they've started on their current two acre plot of land.

"It definitely needs to be sunny, have access to water and on a bus route for sure" she explained. "But exactly how urban, or how close to the centre of the city is one of the questions for the public engagement session."

Common Roots also has wheelchair accessible and blind accessible plots and it will be a priority to make sure those are included in the new plan.

The urban farm is operated by Partners in Care, and with their current location so close to the QEII Health Sciences Centre, many patients, families and hospital staff enjoy the grounds and participate in gardening, something Melrose hopes they will be able to carry forward.

"That will depend, I imagine, on where we can find a new home."

Common Roots' public engagement session, "Where will our garden grow?" takes place Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. in Citadel High's Atrium.

The urban farm has a partnership with ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) and Melrose said there will be Arabic, Nepali, Swahili and sign language interpretation at the event.




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