Janice Simmonds Award 2016

Bert Christie was presented with the Janice Simmonds Award for 2016 by the Friends of the Farm.

The award is presented annually in recognition of contribution to the creation, preservation or management of public green spaces on PEI. Mr Christie was a founder of Friends of the Farm and had a distinguished career as a plant scientist.

Pictured with Bert is Nara Simmonds, Percy Simmonds and Kali Simmonds.

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ANNUAL MEETING & Presentation of the Janice Simmonds Award

Monday, Nov  14,  2016     –   7:00 pm

FARM CENTER
420 University Avenue

Special Speaker:
Beth Hoar – Our Urban Forest – Charlottetown’s Tree Management Program

 

Minutes of Previous meeting:
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Come fly a Kite A great time!

Kite Flying On The Farm happened on Sunday, October 23, from 2-4  at the Experimental Farm, Legacy Garden. (The Farm Centre @ 420 University Avenue)

Face painting, kite demonstrations, building and flying your own kite !!!!!!

 

 

 

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Former PEI Premier Jim Lee Tree Planting

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Former PEI Premier Jim Lee, his family and Friends of the Farm Board members gathered in the Premier’s Grove at the Experimental Farm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 for the ceremonial tree planting of a maple tree in recognition of … Continue reading

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Premier Wade MacLaughlin Plants an Oak Tree

Premier Wade MacLauchlin planted a Red Oak in the Premier’s Grove at the Experimental Farm on Thursday, September 15.

He was joined by members of the Friends of the Farm, and is pictured with Lane MacLaren, chair of the Friends of the Farm Board.

 

 

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Premier Wade MacLaughlin to Plant an Oak Tree

Friends of the Farm Invitation
It is a tradition that each Premier of Prince Edward Island plant a tree on the grounds of the Experimental Farm in the Premier’s Grove. The Friends of the Farm Board have secured the tree and completed  arrangements to have our Premier add to the grove.
Premier Wade MacLaughlin will plant an oak tree on Thursday, September 15 at 1 pm.
Everyone, Friends members and the public, is invited to attend the brief ceremony and visit of the premier to the Experimental Farm.
The Grove is located behind Ravenwood in a north west direction.
We look forward to this special occasion.
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Thanks – Clean Up the Farm Day 2016

IMG_0936Thank you very much for everyones participation on May 14, in the annual Experimental Farm Cleanup Day.

Your participation is an expression of your care for the environment in general, and for the continued use of the Farm as a clean public green space in particular.

General comments heard today included that there was much less litter this year.

IMG_0944Perhaps this is due in some small part to past cleanups being so effective. …And the tall spruce hedgerow behind the RCMP is now again well cleaned out.

Thank you to each and every one who helped.

 

 

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Experimental Farm Clean up

Farm
Saturda
y May 14, 2016, 9 a.m.
Rain or Shine
Gather
behind Ravenwood House, Experimental Farm

The Friends of the Farm will have the fourth annual Farm Cleanup morning.  Please come, bring family, friends or group for a pleasant walk around the Farm and pick up litter from the winter.

Garbage bags will be supplied courtesy of the Women’s Institute Roadside Cleanup which is also on May 14.

Comfortable shoes/boots and a pair of gloves are all you need to come join in.

Your help and support of this project of the Friends of the Farm is appreciated.

Contact information: Doug MacDonald demacdonald@pei.sympatico.ca, or norajenkins@pei.sympatico.ca

This year we are inviting neighbouring businesses and residents to join us in the Clean Up.

All hands welcome as we will fill the bags with the debris from this messy winter.

Thanks

Feel free to post this at your favorite places. FarmCleanUp2016

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September Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

1:15 pm

Present:         Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins,, Catherine Hennessey, Libby Martin, Roger Younker, Connie MacKay Carr, Jason MacEachern, Laura Lee Howard, Doug MacDonald,

 

Regrets:        Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier,

  1. Call to order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to                       the meeting.

Lane MacLaren introduced Megan Harris who is the newly appointed executive                    director of Island Nature Trust. She was informed about the purpose of the Friends               of the Farm.  Thanks was expressed for the support of Island nature Trust for the               Friends of the Farm.

 

2.   Approval of Agenda

Laura Lee Howard moved, Doug MacDonald seconded,  the approval of                                  the agenda with eh addition of Ravenwood. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of June 9, 2015

Libby Martin moved, Catherine Hennessey seconded, the approval of the                               minutes of June 9, 2015. Motion carried.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $5,2044.44.

The development of a brochure was discussed.  It was decided that this be deferred             until late fall or early winter.

 

  1. Business arising from Minutes

–   Kite Day – Laura Lee Howard led the discussion for the planning for Kite Day.  It was decided that it be October 3 or 4 with the date to be confirmed with the Farm Centre. Laura Lee has been in touch with Wayne Levy of the Research Station.

–    Connie MacKay Carr has purchased 40 kites.  She agreed to purchase more.

–    It was agreed that Sobey’s and the City contacted/.

–    There will be kite making and face painting.

–    Beamish apples

–    An ad in the Buzz and the Guardian

–    Nora Jenkins to send letter to the Friends membership.

–   Gardens- Lane MacLaren reported that the Crown Garden looks good.  He also reported that he has contacted Dean Worth with the City who informed him that the concrete pad would be removed by late fall.  The Friends will then need to landscape the space left by then slab. It was suggested that a tree such as a maple be planted.

–   Ravenwood – Catherine Hennessey informed that she has been in touch with Josh Silver of Holland College who is interested in doing an evaluation of Ravenwood  and the cereal barn.  Catherine is to pursue this with him.

–   Mark Cullen – It was agreed that Mark Cullen be invited to come to PEI for a speaking engagement.  It would be separate from the annual meeting.  Roger Younker will continue to work on this.

–   Annual Meeting

–    Suggested Date is November 3, 2015

–    Place – Farm Centre

–    Speaker – Jackie Waddell  (Lane MacLaren to invite)

–    Janice Simmonds Award – Jackie Waddell in recognition of her work with Island Nature Trust.

–    Nominations – Lane MacLaren will step aside as chair.  Doug MacDonald – vice chair was asked to assume chair. Connie MacKay Carr was given two names as suggestions for new Board members. Nora Jenkins was given a suggestion for vice chair.

–    Publicity – Laura Lee Howard will include the annual meeting in the ads for the Buzz and the Guardian.  Nora Jenkins will do a letter to members.

7. New Business

  • Change in Management at Research Station – Lane MacLaren informed that Gail Arsenault will retire and was replaced by Shirley Jacko on September 3.  shirley.jacko@agr.gc.ca  902 370 – 1419.  Lane thanked and congratulated Gail Arsenault and it was agreed that card would be sent by Nora Jenkins on behalf of the Friends.
  • Federal Election Candidates – It was discussed whether to send questions to candidates in the current election.  It was decided not to do so but instead to wait until following the election.

8.  Adjournment and Date of Next Meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is tentatively scheduled for October 6 , 2015, at 1:15 pm.

 

Lane MacLaren                                                        Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

Friends of the Farm                                                Friends of the Farm

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Kite flying on the Farm

The Friends of the Farm will be hosting a second kite flying event at the Farm Centre on Sunday October 4 from 2- 4pm. Come along and bring your friends. children and grandchildren. Admission is free .

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June Minutes

 

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

1:15 pm

Present: Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Roger Younker, Connie MacKay Carr,

Regrets: Jason MacEachern, Laura Lee Howard, Doug MacDonald,

 

1. Call to order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

2. Approval of Agenda

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Libby Martin seconded, the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

4. Approval of Minutes of May 12, 2015

Sylvia Poirier moved, Gertie Purdy seconded, the approval of the minutes of May 12, 2015. Motion carried.

 

5. Treasurer’s Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $5,377.27.

 

6. Business arising from Minutes

* Meeting with Jeannette MacAulay of Hon Gail Shea’s Office. Sylvia Poirier reported that Jeannette MacAulay was knowledgeable of the purpose and work of the Friends of the Farm and this was discussed with her. She confirmed that there are no immediate prospects for the status of the Farm to change. She agreed to look into the activity regarding some land at the Ottawa Farm. It was discussed with her that the Friends are concerned about the upkeep and condition of Ravenwood, the importance of the house and the need for work on the property. She agreed to look for program opportunities for Ravenwood.

* Ravenwood – It was agreed that Catherine Hennessey would contact Josh Silver at Holland College to request that he take a “quick look” at Ravenwood and the Cereal Barn. It was suggested that he be given an honorarium.

* Clean up the Farm Day – May 23, 2015. It was agreed that it was a very successful day. It was agreed that it is a good idea to contact businesses and neighbours to assist as it raises awareness. Thanks was expressed by The Farmers Market Manager. It was agreed that signs placed at either end of the trail would be good PR.

* Kite Day – Kite Day will be in October. Connie MacKay Carr reported that she has bought 40 kites at the Dollar Store.

* Gardens-The Crown Garden plants have been purchased and the planting arranged by Doug MacDonald. The weeding schedule is July – Connie MacKay

Carr, Lane MacLaren, August — , Nora Jenkins, September – Roger Younker. The City will be requested to water the garden.

Libby Martin reported on the Janice Simmonds Memorial Garden and that it needs freshening as some plants were lost. Lane agreed to contact Nancy McMinn at the City to request the concrete pad be moved and to ask for a barrel to plant flowers.

7. New Business

* Annual Meeting-Suggestions for recipient of the Janice Simmonds award were made. There was a suggestion of the topic Green Space and Health.

 

8. Adjournment and Date of Next Meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is tentatively scheduled for September 8, 2015, at 1:15 pm.

 

 

Lane MacLaren Nora Jenkins

Chair Secretary

Friends of the Farm Friends of the Farm

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Clean Up Day 2015 : Thanks to All Who Helped

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May Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1:15 pm

Present:         Doug MacDonald, Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Jason MacEachern, Sylvia Poirier, Laura Lee Howard, Libby Martin

Regrets:         Roger Younker, Connie MacKay Carr, Lane MacLaren

 

  1. Call to order

Vice Chair, Doug MacDonald called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to                        the meeting.

 

2.   Approval of Agenda

Sylvia Poirier moved, Catherine Hennessey  seconded,  the approval of                                  the agenda. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of April 14, 2015

Jason MacEachern moved, Laura Lee Howard  seconded, the approval of the                        minutes of April 14,  2015. Motion carried.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $5,620.96  with $ 281.26 from 2014                                     to be deposited.

 

  1. Business arising from Minutes
  • Meeting with the Mayor – Nora Jenkins and Doug MacDonald reported that they, along with Lane MacLaren had met with the Mayor. They reported that the Mayor expressed that the proposal to Hon Gail Shea and the federal government will not proceed without the support of the Confederacy. The Mayor stressed the importance of continuing to lobby federal and provincial politicians and of continuing public awareness.  Friends to keep doing what we are doing as without Friends work we would not be as far as we are now.  Friends should talk to MP Gail Shea’s office and unless we have an MP on the government side, much change isn’t likely.

He suggested we should get a commitment in writing from MP Sean Casey, as he                                     represents the local riding and it appears now as if he will after the next election.                        We should write posing a question of his support to which he would have to reply     in writing.We should talk to as many local MLAs as possible to bring them up to                 date and seek their support. Then we should talk to local provincial cabinet                  ministers. Then we should follow that up with a meeting with the Premier to gain                  provincial support.

  • Meeting with Hon Gail Shea office.  Sylvia Poirier will arrange for this meeting,
  • Website – Nora Jenkins informed that she had not received a response from Josh Weale whether he would continue as a Board member and whether he could help with the website.
  • Clean up the Farm Day – May 23, 2015

Sylvia Poirier distributed letters to be taken to businesses.

Laura Lee Howard offered to put the letter in neighbours mailboxes.

Laura Lee will call into CBC community line and she will contact CBC.

Lane MacLaren is to contact the Research Station.

Nora Jenkins will request for an email to the membership.

SubWay and Mary Brown’s Chicken – Nora Jenkins

Burger King – Doug MacDonald

MacDonald’s – Doug MacDonald

KFC – Doug MacDonald

RCMP – Jason MacEachern

CBC  – Laura Lee Howard

Indigo  – Catherine Hennessey

Farmer’s Market – Nora Jenkins

Superstore – Nora Jenkins

Farm Centre – Nora Jenkins

Tim Horton’s  – Gertie Purdy and Laura Lee Howard

  • Kite Day – Kite Day will be in October.  Laura Lee Howard will look for the Dollar Store Kites. She asked that others be on the look out for these kites.

 

7.    New Business

  • Legacy Garden Letter – Nora Jenkins reported sending a letter to Charlottetown Royalty Rotary Club in support of the Legacy Garden. The Club is considering support for the Legacy garden.
  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald informed that Van Kampen will again supply the plants , 133 dozen, at half price. Planting will take place around June 10 with the help of Ron Richard. It was agreed that Friends Board look after maintenance and a schedule will be made at the June meeting.
  • Memorial Garden – Libby Martin has checked on the Garden and will continue to do so.

 

8.  Adjournment and Date of Next Meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is June 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                                        Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

Friends of the Farm                                                Friends of the Farm

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April Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1:15 pm

Present:         Doug MacDonald, Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Jason MacEachern, Sylvia Poirier, and Connie MacKay Carr.

  1. Call to order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the                       meeting.

 

  1. Attendance

Regrets were received from Libby Martin, Josh Weale, Laura Lee Howard.

 

  1. Approval of Agenda

Doug MacDonald moved, Connie MacKay Carr seconded,  the approval of                             the agenda. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of January 13, 2015

Jason MacEachern moved, Catherine Hennessey seconded, the approval of the                  minutes of January 13,  2015. Motion carried.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $5,516.71 with additional memberships of                   $145.00.

 

  1. Business arising from Minutes
  • Membership – Gertire Purdy reported 112 paid up members and 351 kept on membership rolls. It was agreed that the membership reminder sent in January was beneficial.
  • • Legacy Project – Chair Lane MacLaren reported that he sent a letter to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy acknowledging receipt of the letter received which he copied to Mayor Clifford Lee and Hon. Gail Shea M.P.
  • • Meetings with Jeanette MacAulay, assistant to Hon Gail Shea and with Mayor Clifford Lee – Lane MacLaren informed that these meetings have not taken place and will be rescheduled, first with Mayor Lee.
    • Website – Connie MacKay Carr confirmed hat she needs help with the Friends of the Farm website.  Nora Jenkins will connect with Josh Weale regarding this and if he is not able, another possible help will be asked.

 

7.  New Business

  • • Clean Up the Farm Day – May 23, 2015 – It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm take on this project once again.

Sylvia Poirier and Nora Jenkins will work on a letter to be distributed in person to                  the surrounding businesses. This letter will also be placed in the mailboxes of                                surrounding neighbours.

Lane MacLaren will contact the Research Station to inform and to receive                               permission.

Doug MacDonald will have a map and garbage bags.

Meeting spot will be as last year, in parking area behind Ravenwood.

  • • Kite Day – Kite Day will be in the fall.  It is hoped that Laura Lee Howard will give leadership to this.
  • • Dutch Elm Disease – Jason MacEachern gave a very informative talk about Dutch Elm Disease and his work on this project. Jason compiled an inventory of 583 Dutch Elm trees in Charlottetown on private and public property. Of these 243 remain and are considered healthy.  They will be closely monitored. There were 12 trees with Dutch Elm Disease on the Experimental Farm and these have been removed.  The removal of all trees should be complete by next week.  The City is replacing each tree on City property with two trees.  Trees on private property are not being replaced and this includes the Experimental Farm trees. Lane thanked Jason for sharing this information with the Board.
  • • Chair – Lane MacLaren expressed that he wishes to complete the term of chair at the end of this year. He is willing to remain on the Friends of the Farm Board.

 

8.  Adjournment and Date of Next Meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is May 12, 2015 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                                        Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

Friends of the Farm                                                Friends of the Farm

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1:15 pm

Present:         Doug MacDonald, Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Jason MacEachern, Sylvia Poirier, and Connie MacKay Carr.

  1. Call to order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the                       meeting.

 

  1. Attendance

Regrets were received from Libby Martin, Josh Weale, Laura Lee Howard.

 

  1. Approval of Agenda

Doug MacDonald moved, Connie MacKay Carr seconded,  the approval of                             the agenda. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of January 13, 2015

Jason MacEachern moved, Catherine Hennessey seconded, the approval of the                  minutes of January 13,  2015. Motion carried.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $5,516.71 with additional memberships of                   $145.00.

 

  1. Business arising from Minutes
  • Membership – Gertire Purdy reported 112 paid up members and 351 kept on membership rolls. It was agreed that the membership reminder sent in January was beneficial.
  • • Legacy Project – Chair Lane MacLaren reported that he sent a letter to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy acknowledging receipt of the letter received which he copied to Mayor Clifford Lee and Hon. Gail Shea M.P.
  • • Meetings with Jeanette MacAulay, assistant to Hon Gail Shea and with Mayor Clifford Lee – Lane MacLaren informed that these meetings have not taken place and will be rescheduled, first with Mayor Lee.
    • Website – Connie MacKay Carr confirmed hat she needs help with the Friends of the Farm website.  Nora Jenkins will connect with Josh Weale regarding this and if he is not able, another possible help will be asked.

 

7.  New Business

  • • Clean Up the Farm Day – May 23, 2015 – It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm take on this project once again.

Sylvia Poirier and Nora Jenkins will work on a letter to be distributed in person to                  the surrounding businesses. This letter will also be placed in the mailboxes of                                surrounding neighbours.

Lane MacLaren will contact the Research Station to inform and to receive                               permission.

Doug MacDonald will have a map and garbage bags.

Meeting spot will be as last year, in parking area behind Ravenwood.

  • • Kite Day – Kite Day will be in the fall.  It is hoped that Laura Lee Howard will give leadership to this.
  • • Dutch Elm Disease – Jason MacEachern gave a very informative talk about Dutch Elm Disease and his work on this project. Jason compiled an inventory of 583 Dutch Elm trees in Charlottetown on private and public property. Of these 243 remain and are considered healthy.  They will be closely monitored. There were 12 trees with Dutch Elm Disease on the Experimental Farm and these have been removed.  The removal of all trees should be complete by next week.  The City is replacing each tree on City property with two trees.  Trees on private property are not being replaced and this includes the Experimental Farm trees. Lane thanked Jason for sharing this information with the Board.
  • • Chair – Lane MacLaren expressed that he wishes to complete the term of chair at the end of this year. He is willing to remain on the Friends of the Farm Board.

 

8.  Adjournment and Date of Next Meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is May 12, 2015 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                                        Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

Friends of the Farm                                                Friends of the Farm

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January Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

1:15 pm

Present:         Doug MacDonald, Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Sylvia Poirier, Roger Younker, and Connie MacKay Carr.

  1. Call to order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed eye to the first                    meeting of the new year.

 

  1. Attendance

Regrets were received from Jason MacEachern

  1. Approval of Agenda

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Libby Martin seconded, with additions the approval of              the agenda. Motion carried.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of October 14, 2014

Catherine Hennessey moved, Gertie Purdy seconded, the approval of the minutes of October 14, 2014. Motion carried.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $5,317.18.  She reported a membership                  deposit of $1,025.00 and expenses of $133.87 paid to island Nature trust for                           postage and photocopying for 2014.

 

  1. Business arising from Minutes
  • • Membership – Gertire Purdy reported 74 paid up members.  She suggested a mail out to remind that memberships are due. She will work with Nora Jenkins to have this letter sent.
  • Legacy Project – Chair Lane MacLaren circulated a letter to the Friends of the Farm from the Mi’kmaq Confederacy in which the Friends of the Farm is informed  that the Confederacy no longer agrees to the consensus agreed upon for the Experimental Farm property and which was proposed to the federal Government of Canada.

A response was discussed and it was agreed that Chair Lane MacLAren would                     write a letter to acknowledge receipt of this letter which would be copied to the City                       of Charlottetown and Hon. Gail Shea M.P.

 

7.  New Business

  • • Website – Connie MacKay Carr reported looking after the website. She relied on assistance from Alex Carr but he is not available at present. It was agreed that Josh Weale be asked to look after the Friends of the Farm website.
  • • Meeting with Jeanette MacAulay, assistant to Hon Gail Shea. Sylvia Poirier agreed to set up a meeting with Ms. MacAulay with the possible date February 19 afternoon. Board members will be informed of the confirmed date and time.
  • • Meeting with Mayor Clifford Lee – Lane MacLaren will arrange for a meeting with Mayor Clifford Lee.
  • • Year activities – It was agreed that the annual clean up the Farm day will take place in May. It was agreed that at the March, April meeting there be a plan made to invite neighbours of the Farm to participate.  It was agreed that the Friends host a kite flying day in 2015. The idea of a guest speaker was discussed, possibly partnering with the Samuel Holland anniversary or planning a speaker about Museum planning.

 

8.  Adjournment and Date of Next Meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is March 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm or at the call of the chair.

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                                        Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

Friends of the Farm                                                Friends of the Farm

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Annual Minutes 2014

FRIENDS OF THE FARM (P.E.I.) INC.

ANNUAL MEETING

Farm Centre, University Avenue

Tuesday, October 28,2014

7 P.M.

1.        Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. The members of the Friends of the Farm Board were introduced. Mr. MacLaren recognized Kim Devine and Ken MacDonald, retiring members of the Board, and expressed thanks for their contribution as members of the Friends of the Farm Board.

2.        Approval of Agenda

Sylvia Poirier  moved, Ewen Stewart seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3.        Approval of the minutes of the 2013 annual meeting, November 5, 2013.

Bert Christie moved, Libby Martin  seconded the approval of the minutes of the previous annual meeting on November 5, 2013. Motion carried.

4.        Review of the years activities

Lane MacLaren, chair, reviewed the activities of the Friends of the Farm of the past year.  He reported that the Friends of the Farm Board met monthly, with the exception of March, July and August, to carry on the business of the Friends of the Farm.  He highlighted the Crown Garden which was planted again this year, and he expressed appreciation to Doug MacDonald who volunteered considerable time to making sure the garden was planted and who arranged with thanks to VanKampen Nursery to obtain plants at half price.

During Feb  meeting Adam Maclean addressed the board regarding the 2014 legacy garden.

Permanent location for the Janice Simmonds award has been found and is in a display cabinet at the Farm Centre.

Second annual Clean up the Farm day held in May with great success, with the plan to partner with area businesses next year.

The Board met  with Charlottetown MP Sean Casey.

A 2014 grant was received and Soaring to New Heights was held with great success with thanks to Laura Lee Howard and Connie MacKay Carr, also Ag Canada, the Farm Centre, Newcomers Association, Beamish Apple Orchard.

Board has begun exploring the possibility of either receiving a commitment or funding from the Fed government for the restoration of the cereal barn and Ravenwood house and this is in early stages.

Mr. MacLaren also informed the meeting of the work that was done by the Board to receive consensus with the Mi’kmag Confederacy and the City of Charlottetown which resulted in a proposal which was taken to Hon Gail Shea, MP Egmont, to be presented to the federal government  and proposed that the Farm be granted to the people of PEI as a 2014 legacy gift.

 

5.        Financial Report   

Nora Jenkins, Secretary Treasurer, circulated the financial statement  for the year April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Thanks was expressed to the accounting firm of Arsenault, Best, Ellis, Cameron for providing the Financial Review  and found to be in accordance with the Canadian accounting standards for not for profit organizations.

Nora Jenkins moved, Bert Christie seconded,  the acceptance of the Financial Statement as presented. Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins  moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded  that Arsensault Best Cameron Ellis be asked to provide the financial review for the year April 1 2014 to March 31, 2015. Motion carried.

6.        Membership Report

Gertie Purdy, Membership Chair, thanked members for support and reported that there are 359 on the list as members of the Friends of the Farm. She noted that the annual meeting marks the beginning of a new year and that memberships for the upcoming year are now due. Gertie Purdy moved, Steve Knechtel seconded the adoption of the membership report.  Motion carried.

7.        Nominating Committee Report          

Nora Jenkins presented the nomination report: Chair,Lane MacLaren,Vice Chair      Doug MacDonald,Secretary Treasurer Nora Jenkins, Directors Connie MacKay Carr, Gertie Purdy. Roger Younker, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Sylvia Poirier, Laura Lee Howard, Josh Weale. Jason MacEachern.

Mr MacLaren called for nominations from the floor.  There being none, Doug MacDonald moved, Kirsten Connor seconded  the adoption of the nominating report.  Motion carried.

 

8.        Introduction of Guest Speaker           

Sylvia Poirier introduced guest speaker, Gary Schneider, forester and environmental educator, who presented on the topic “How to Love a Forest” which was well received and appreciated. Doug MacDonald thanked the guest speaker.

 

9.       Presentation of the Janice Simmonds Award

            Lane MacLaren introduced the Janice Simmonds Award and explained that the Janice Simmonds Award was  established by the Friends of the Farm (PEI) Inc. to honour an individual, group, or agency who/which has made a significant contribution to the creation, protection, preservation, or management of public green spaces on Prince Edward Island, including but not limited to the land within the City of Charlottetown commonly referred to as “The Experimental Farm”.

Lane MacLaren then announced  the recipient, Gary Schneider, for his work as a forester on PEI, an educator and in particular, his work a the Macphail Woods.  Percy Simmonds presented the award.

 

10.      Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

Lane MacLaren                                                       Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

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Annual Meeting 2014

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Thank You!

Friends of the Farm thanks those who attended Kite Flying on the Farm, and our sponsors: Agriculture Canada, Beamish Organic Orchard, 2014 Fund, Parks Canada, UPEI, Farm Centre Legacy Garden, and PEIANC.

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October Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier, Lane MacLaren,Roger Younker

Regrets: Connie MacKay Carr,

1.Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2.Approval of the Agenda

Sylvia Poirier moved, Roger Younker seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

3.Approval of minutes of September 9, 2014

Doug MacDonald moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the minutes of  September 9, 2014 with the change of meeting date from October 15 to October 14. Motion carried.

4.Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $6,598.91. Several bills from Soaring to new Heights are expected and Laura Lee Howard will provide an accounting of that project.

The financial review of the year is completed by Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis and will be presented at the annual meeting. The firm was thanked with a flower arrangement.

A donation of $1,000.00 was received from Kali Simmonds.

It was agreed that these funds be designated for an annual Kite Day.

5. Business arising from Previous minutes

  • Soaring to New Heights –  Everyone agreed that this was a very successful event enjoyed by all ages and with a good turn out.  Laura Lee Howard reported on the event.  She also had the Board’s help completing the report to 2014.  The following are comments collected.

–      Arrange logistics for emcee of the day

–      Dollar Store Kites a good idea and are a must. They were enhanced by adding to their tails.

–      Basket of apples a good idea. Cookies not really needed and jug and one half of lemonade used. Treats were appropriate for the day.

–      2 – 4 pm  good time and is a good idea to have set time

–      avoid Run for the Cure day

–      Money was saved because Insurance came under the Farm

–      Preserve table added to the day

–      Kite making popular and enjoyable.

–      Multi cultural aspect very positive

–      Great poster

–      Great promotion in media

–      Perfect venue outside and inside

–      Good PR for the Friends

–      Heightened the awareness of the beauty of the Farm and its potential as a recreation space.

–      Signage at all the entrances to the Farm

–  Pictures from Louise Vessey can be used.

–      Thanks to Henry and Gertie Purdy for their pictures.

It was agreed that this was a great event, aided by the weather.  We would need to build on this good base another time.

It was agreed that the event should be repeated.  It was agreed that the $1,000.00 donation be designated for Kite Day.

  • Crown Garden Wrap up.  Thank you to Lane MacLaren and Doug MacDonald for their clean up of the Royal garden.
  • Annual Meeting –

–      Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 pm at the Farm Centre  with a rental fee of $100.00

–      The guest speaker is Gary Schneider and his topic “How to fall in Love With a Forest”.  He will be introduced by Sylvia Poirier and thanked by Doug MacDonald.  He will receive a restaurant gift certificate.

–      Two nominations are needed for the Board.  Josh Weale has agreed.  Lane MacLaren will ask Beth Hoar. Roger Younker is to present to Nominating report.

–      Letters have been sent to the membership.  Lane McLaren is preparing a note for community notices.

–      Doug MacDonald will take photos at the meeting to accompany a press release to the Guardian.

–      Gary Schneider will receive the Janice Simmonds Award which will be presented by Percy Simmonds.

 

6. Legacy project

  • It was agreed that we need to broaden the base of the Friends of the Farm and strengthen relationships. This is to be on the next Board meeting at which time groups will be identified.
  • It was agreed that Chair Lane MacLaren would include in his report to the annual meeting, information about the activity of the Board of the Friends of the Farm and the preparation of  2014 legacy request.  Lane will prepare and will have the help of Sylvia Poirier and Doug MacDonald.

 

7.       Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

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Annual Meeting

ANNUAL  MEETING

&

Presentation of the Janice Simmonds Award

Tuesday, October 28, 2014    7pm.

FARM CENTER

420 University Avenue, Charlottetown

Special Speaker:  Gary Schneider – Coordinator MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project

 

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Kite Flying

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Soaring to new heights

KITE FLYING (Lane) Oct 5 2014 KITE FLYING (Laura Lee Lane etc) Oct 5 2014 KITE FLYING (Making Kites) Oct 5 2014 KITE FLYING (Nora at table) Oct 5 2014 KITE FLYING (out in the field) Oct 5 2014 KITEFLYING (Connie at table) Oct 5 2014 KITE FLYING (young boy) Oct 5 2014

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Kite Flying

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September Minutes

Minutes
Friends of the Farm
Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Connie MacKay Carr, Ken MacDonald

Regrets: Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier, Lane MacLaren,Roger Younker

1. Call to Order

Vice Chair Doug MacDonald welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2. Approval of the Agenda

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3. Approval of minutes of June 10, 2014

Laura Lee Howard moved, Ken MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of June 10, 2014 with the change that Libby Martin was not present and sent regrets. Motion carried.

4. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $6,610.41. A bill to be paid of $319.54 for the friends of the Farm website and a bill $87.07 for Soaring to New Heights expenses.

Business arising from Previous minutes

• Soaring to New Heights – Laura lee Howard reported that the event will take place on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in the Legacy Garden area at the Farm Centre. Parking can be at the Farm Centre. Insurance to be confirmed.. Laura Lee will look after publicity for the event. Laura Lee will also work on a logo fro the Friends of the farm that could be used on flyers for this event. Laura Lee will be paid an honorarium for her coordination of the ever “Soaring to New Heights”. This is covered by the grant money for 2014 and is all included in the proposal that was accepted by 2014 Commission. Laura Lee will keep the Board up to date.

• Governor General Tree Planting – Lane MacLaren reported that a second letter was sent to Governor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on his visit to PEI.

• Crown Garden – It was agreed that there was a good choice of flowers this year. Thanks to all who tended the garden.

• Memorial Bench – Libby Martin reported that she added two plants.

• Meeting with Philip Brown – Lane MacLaren sent a letter to Phillip Brown as follow up to the Friends of the Farm Board meeting with Mr Brown. In the letter he encouraged that the idea of Ravenwood receive attention. He also spoke with Mr Brown expressed support for the project and that he intended to approach ACOA for funds for repair. It was agreed that the Board should have discussions of ideas of what the Ravenwood property could be used for once renovated. Lively discussion ensued and then agreed that the Board should organize a round table discussion. Planning of this was left til a later time.

6. New Business

• Janice Simmonds Award – Suggestions were made and the group decided that Gary Schneider would be a good choice for his work with Macphail Woods and the 2014 Acadian woodland among other things.

• Annual meeting – It was agreed that we invite Gary Schneider to be guest speaker. Possible dates are October 28 or November 3 and would be at the Farm Centre.

Ken MacDonald informed that he wished to complete his term on the Board. Kim Devine who has moved will also be replaced.

7. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Lane MacLaren Chair
Nora Jenkins Secretary

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June Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, June , 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey, Connie MacKay Carr,Roger Younker

Regrets: Ken MacDonald, Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy, Sylvia Poirier

1.Call to Order

Chair Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2.Approval of the Agenda

Roger Younker moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

3.Approval of minutes of  May 20, 2014

Laura Lee Howard moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of May 20 2014. Motion carried.

4.Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $7,136.87. A bill to be paid of $604.96 for plants for the Royal Crown  and a bill for $100.00 for kites for Soaring to New Heights.  Nora will arrange for a Financial review for the year ending March 30, 2014.

5.Business arising from Previous minutes

  • Soaring to New Heights – Laura Lee Howard reported that she and Connie MacKay Carr met with members of the Newcomers Association to talk about aspects of the project. Laura Lee informed  airport personnel about the event. The committee suggests that the date be moved to early October rather than late.  This will be confirmed.
  • Governor General Tree Planting – Lane MacLaren reported that there has still not been a response to the letter sent to Governor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on his visit to PEI.
  • Clean Up the Farm Day – Laura Lee Howard presented a draft of a letter that could be sent to surrounding businesses to seek partnership and participation for next year’s Clean Up The Farm Day. This was put on file.
  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald reported that Van Kampen’s Greenhouses delivered the plants to the Farm.  The crown will be planted in the next week.  Van Kampen supplied the plants at the same cost as previous years.  It was agreed that Nora Jenkins send a letter of thanks to Van Kampen Nursery.

It was agreed that thanks be expressed to Ron Richard for his                   looking after the plants and the planting.  Nora Jenkins agreed to      look after this with a gift certificate for $50.00 from Top of the                  Park.

Schedule of Crown maintenance

July 1 – 15            Nora Jenkins

July 16- 31            Lane McLaren

August 1- 15         Laura Lee Howard

August 16- 31       Connie MacKay Carr

September 1 -15   Roger Younker

Chair Lane MacLaren expressed thanks to Doug MacDonald for     his work on organizing the planting of the Royal Garden

  • Memorial Bench – Nora Jenkins will contact the City again about getting the graffiti on the garbage can near the bench cleaned up. It was agreed that the perennials are filling in the garden and there is not a need to plants annuals.

.  Meeting with Sean Casey M.P. – It was agreed that this was a beneficial meeting with a good exchange of information.

 

7. New Business

  •  Meeting with Philip Brown – The Board met with Philip Brown of Hon Gail Shea’s office on Thursday, May 29. It was a  meeting with a good exchange of information.  The Board learned that the current proposal that is in the hands of the Federal Government is not moving past Treasury Board. The Farm will remain in the hands of Ag Canada at present, however he recommended that the Friends remain vigilant in their goal and work. There was considerable discussion at that meeting about the condition of Ravenwood and the Cereal Barn. Mr Brown agreed to take this concern forward.                             Lane MacLaren will write a letter to Hon Shea expressing the concern of the Friends of the Farm for Ravenhood House and the Cereal Barn emphasizing the beauty of the setting in which it sits. The letter will ask for help how we might move the restoration of Ravenwood ahead. The letter will also express appreciation for the meeting with Mr. Brown. It was suggested that Holland College students use Ravenwood as a class project as an example of a heritage house and the work that needs to be done. Catherine Hennessey agreed to speak with the instructor of the class. While it was agreed that Ravenwood and the Cereal Barn are a concern for the Board, it was also agreed that the focus remains the land with the goal to be preserved as green for all to enjoy. It was agreed that Dr Maria Rodriguezj be informed of  any work/progress in this area.
  • Annual meeting – It was agreed that the annul meeting be late fall.  It was also agreed that we provide an educational speaker and all are to work on ideas of who this might be. A suggestion was Eliot Coleman on the topic of Urbanization of Gardening.

 

  1. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

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