Friend of the Farm’s – Annual General Meeting 2017

Friend of the Farm’s Recent Annual General Meeting 2017

Friends of the Farm PEI recently held their Annual General Meeting. President Lane MacLaren welcomed everyone, including speaker Bruce MacNaughton. He acknowledged Board members present; secretary/treasurer Nora Jenkins, chair of membership Gertie Purdy, Catherine Hennessey, Laura Lee Howard, Sharon Larkin, Connie MacKay-Carr, Libby Martin, and Linda Thomas. Former Board member Bert Christie was also in attendance. 

Lane stated that the mandate of the Friends is to ensure The Experimental Farm remain green in perpetuity for all to enjoy. The current property status seems relatively stable, with Agricultural Canada increasing research activity on the property with a focus to organic food trials.

The Friends activities include the spring clean in concert with Women’s Institute. Doug MacDonald, recently resigned Board member, quarterbacked this. His efforts will be missed. Doug also led the Royal Crown Garden project, in collaboration with The Agricultural Research Station, City of Charlottetown, VanKampen’s and the Friends. VanKampen Green houses discounts over 1000 plants, The Farm staff plants and pulls them, the City waters,  and the Friends maintains it through the summer months.  It is truly a cooperative effort. 

Kite Day happens in the fall with the collaboration of The Agricultural Research Station, The Farm Centre, The Legacy Garden, Colorsky Kites and Gift Shop, the PEI Association for Newcomers, and this year,  the PEI Tool Library.  Beamish Organic apples and cider are shared while people create their own kites, led by Pat Beamish, or they can choose to fly a bought kite, or a donated kite kit.

Premier’s Grove- Friends have bought trees to plant and ensure there are plaques on each trees. In recent years, former premier Jim Lee’s tree was replanted, and Premier Wade MacLauchlan planted his tree. The public is invited to come and view the Premier’s Grove.

Gertie Purdy reported that there were 351 individual and/or family memberships. Now is the time to renew and/or purchase a membership for the new year. Doug Ezeard and his firm graciously prepare our financials annually, which is made up of memberships and donations.

Valerie Beer was nominated and ccepted as a new Board Member. Grant Johnson is thanked for his work with the Friends website: www.freindsofthefarmpei.ca

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Bruce began speaking about the MacEachern family, thinking of Janice, the gardens, creativity, and passion.  “Her passion stopped me in my tracks at the Farmer’s Market one day. Nothing worth doing can be achieved without passion. We are because I am passionate.” Bruce came to realize he didn’t enjoy chasing the world to make a living, instead he wanted to invite the world to his home. It’s “my hobby…Catherine (Hennessey) called to say thank you for buying the building. It’s become a place where lots of people visit.”  “I’ve given my life up to a higher power. There’s a chapel that sleeps 8 , a respite cottage booked 50% Canadian, 50% American, some stay no charge. About half are Women with mastetic breast cancer. Families as far away as Vancouver, California” . “The love we have seen expressed there –a family with one daughter who was deaf, blind, mute …she was so loved and cared for by her siblings. They said it was the best vacation in their life.”  What’s  next? –Henry Purdy assisted with a visual arts festival this summer. Some of the art s sold with proceeds going to the Garden, a convention came chose it as their charity of choice. There is a Hoyer lift, hospital bed, many volunteers, so many people donated items to help build the place.  The Gardens of Hope, 2 kms of paths, all the secret spaces, gentleman from Chile- came to spend time in PEI- his footprint and signature brought it to a lovely new level.

“In 2005, friend and world renowned photographer Wayne Barrett suggested a butterfly house. We had some setbacks, and then 4 years ago, back at it, spiders eat butterflies, so I find on the internet that John Brothers from right here on PEI, out of Montague,  makes screen for garages…so he designed screens for the butterfly house.” 

There are 70 butterfly farmers in the world. We import from two; Costa Rica, and the Phillipines.  In Costa Rica- it’s a cooperative with 80 families, they are buying Amazon lands, and they are doing eco- tourist.  The butterflies live only 1-2- weeks-se we import every one to two weeks.. CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency Approved). We account for every import, and everyone in either living in the green house, or expired in the deep freeze. They are brought in as pupae. The butterfly, is a story line of metamorphosis, the seasons of nature and of life.

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ANNUAL MEETING – Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017

Plan to attend the annual meeting of
The Experimental Farm – FRIENDS OF THE FARM (PEI) ASSOCIATION
at the FARM CENTER at 420 University Avenue

Presentation of the Janice Simmonds Award
Special Speaker: Bruce MacNaughton

Please see a membership and renewal form attached.

FOTF Annual Meeting 2017

 

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Kite Flying on the Farm 2017

The Legacy Garden – Experimental Farm

Sunday, October 15,
2-4pm
The Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue

Again This Year

  • Color Sky Kites!
  • Face Painting!
  • Organic Apples and Cider!

New This Year

For more information visit our Facebook page: Kite Flying on the Farm

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Charlottetown Research & Development Centre – Open House

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Fifth Annual Experimental Farm Cleanup

Friends of the Farm
EXPERIMENTAL FARM CLEAN UP

Saturday May 13, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Rain or Shine

Gather behind Ravenwood House, Experimental Farm

The Friends of the Farm will have the fifth 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 13.

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.

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.

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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:
meeting-minutes-november-3-2016

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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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