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Soaring to new heights

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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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May Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Catherine Hennessey.

Regrets: Connie MacKay Carr, Ken MacDonald, Roger Younker, Kim Devine, Gertie Purdy.

  1. Call to Order

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

  1. Approval of the Agenda

Laura Lee Howard moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

  1. Approval of minutes of  April 22, 2014

Amendment to first item under Business Arising to read, “Cookies, Kites, and Connections”.  Libby Martin moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded the approval of the minutes of April 22, 2014. Motion carried.

  1. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $7,249.98. This amount includes the Janice MacEachern memorial fund, monies from memberships, and the funds for the 2014 celebration project.   An expenditure of $20.00 had been made for the annual registration as a not for profit organization.

  1. Business arising from Previous minutes
  • Soaring to New Heights – Laura Lee Howard reported that the committee met with Yvette Doucette from the Newcomers Association. There will be a meeting next Tuesday with people from the Association who are interested to talk about aspects of the project. Laura Lee will check with airport personnel to see if the kites would be considered any risk to airplanes.
  • 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 – The Clean Up day was deemed a great success despite the weather. It was agreed that the suggestion that Board members do an additional half day to clean up the hedge/tree line would not be done this year but that this would be an area to concentrate on for next year.  An initiative is to be undertaken to build awareness and solicit help for future clean-ups from the businesses along University Ave. that contribute much of the garbage that ends up on the farm property. Laura Lee Howard will draft a letter to seek their partnership and participation in next year’s Clean Up the Farm Day.
  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald reported that Van Kampen’s Greenhouses will again supply 1600 plants at half price and that the Crown Garden will be planted on June 10.  The schedule for weeding the garden for the summer will be set at the next meeting.
  • 2014 Legacy Project – Lane MacLaren and Doug MacDonald met with the Mayor of Charlottetown, Clifford Lee regarding the status of the Experimental Farm property.   A meeting with Philip Brown from Gail Shea’s office was set up for next week.

7. New Business

  • Memorial Bench – The bench was placed in the wrong spot initially but has since been moved to the correct one.  Nora Jenkins will contact the City about getting the graffiti on the garbage can near the bench cleaned up.

 

8. Guest – MP Sean Casey

At the end of regular business, at the invitation of the Board, the Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, arrived and was briefed on the goals and objectives, history, and past and current initiatives of the Friends of the Farm.  There was a good exchange of information and support expressed by Mr. Casey for the Friends’ goals.

 

 

  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, June 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

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Farm Clean Up 2014

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Farm Clean Up, Saturday May 10th, 9am

Farm Clean Up 2014 PDF File (Including membership renewal form)

Friends of the Farm

FARM CLEAN UP 

Saturday May 10, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Gather behind Ravenwood House, Experimental Farm

The Friends of the Farm will have the second 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 10.

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

Reminder: If you have not renewed your membership for 2014, please find the membership renewal in the attached PDF file.

Farm Clean Up 2014 PDF File (Including membership renewal form)

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Friends of the Farm

FARM CLEAN UP

 

Saturday May 10, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Gather behind Ravenwood House, Experimental Farm

 

The Friends of the Farm will have the second 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 10.

 

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

 

Reminder if you have not renewed your membership for 2014………

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April Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1:15 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present:       Connie MacKay Carr, Lane MacLaren, Doug MacDonald Gertie Purdy, Laura Lea Howard, Nora Jenkins

Regrets:        Ken MacDonald, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Roger Younker, Catherine Hennessey, Kim Devine.

  1. Call to Order

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

  1. Approval of the Agenda

Laura Lee Howard moved, Gertie Purdy seconded the approval of the agenda.  Motion carried.

  1. Approval of minutes of  February 25, 2014

Connie MacKayCarr moved, Laura lee Howard seconded the approval of the minutes of February 25 ,2014. Motion carried.

  1. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $7,169.98 of which $1600.00 is Soaring to New Heights.

  1. Membership Report

Membership Chair, Gertie Purdy reported we have 356 names on our membership rolls of which there are 115 who have dues paid up to date as a result of the membership letter sent at the end of January.

It was agreed that Gertie would circulate the membership list to Board members and members would review the list and note any changes i.e. people who are no longer at an address.

It was agreed that a reminder would be sent with the letter to tell members of the Clean Up the Farm Day.

  1. Business arising from Previous minutes
  • Soaring to New Heights –Laura Lee Howard reported that the committee met, Connie MacKay Carr, Kim Devine and herself. They talked ideas and decided that the guiding theme would be “Cookies and Connections”. There will be a demonstration and there will be a number of kites provided which will come from the Dollar Store. It was suggested that the airport be informed. The Farm Centre is booked as the gathering site. A meeting is planned with the Newcomers Assoc.  The date will be either October 25 or 26, 2014.
  • Governor General Tree Planting – Lane reported that a letter has been sent to Govenor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on one of his visits to PEI this year.  There has not been a response.
  • Clean Up the Farm Day – It was agreed that a Clean Up the Farm Day be held on Saturday, May 10 at 9 am.  Doug MacDonald agreed to get the garbage bags and will act as site coodinator.  Nora Jenkins will prepare a letter to members and will contact the City re pick up of bags.
  • 2014 Legacy Project – Communication was received from Hon Gail Shea’s office updating the status of the Experimental Farm property which suggests that Ag Canada continues to wish to continue to operate the Farm. It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm request a meeting with Hon Shea, at her convenience, to thank her for her work done to date regarding the efforts of the Friends of the Farm and to restate the goal of the  Friends of the Farm along with the City of Charlottetown and the consensus of the Mi’kamq Confederacy of PEI that the Farm be considered as a legacy gift.

It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm request a meeting           with Hilsborough MP, Sean Casey, to inform him of the Friends   of the Farm and our purpose.  Nora Jenkins agreed to make this               contact.

7. New Business

  • Crown Garden – Doug MacDonald agreed to look after the arrangements for planting the Crown Garden again this summer. It was agreed that the maintenance schedule for the summer be drawn up at the next meeting. It was agreed that thanks be expressed to Ron Richard for his considerable help with the planting.
  • Guardian  – Lane MacLaren informed that he has contacted the Guardian regarding the Janice Simmonds Award and the fact that the picture from the annual meeting was not placed in the Guardian.  Lane arranged for an article to be written and asked that Roger Younker and Nora Jenkins be interviewed to provide the information for the article.
  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, May 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

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Janice Simmonds Award

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February Minutes

Minutes
Friends of the Farm
Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
1:15 pm
Ravenwood Boardroom

Present: Ken MacDonald, Connie MacKay-Carr, Lane MacLaren, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin, Gertie Purdy, Roger Younker, Catherine Hennessey,Laura Lea Howard, Kim Devine.

Regrets: Doug MacDonald

1. Call to Order

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

2. Guest Presentation

Lane MacLaren welcomed Adam MacLean who gave an informational presentation about The legacy Garden Project located behind the Farm Centre on University Avenue.

He explained how the Farm Centre felt it was not fully utilizing the space where it is located. After considerable negotiation and work with Ag Canada a 5 year lease on 8 1/2 acres was sign. Ground will break in April for community gardens, orchards and the planting of heritage grains. Adam explained the community connect with volunteers and gardeners and of the educational opportunities. He explained that a goal is best practises.

It was agreed that this is an exciting project on the corner of the Farm and gives good exposure to the Farm. It demonstrates the possibilities. Adam was thanked and wished well.

3. Approval of the Agenda

Kim Devine moved, Laura Lee Howard seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3. Approval of minutes of January 14, 2014

Laura Lee Howard moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded the approval of the minutes of January 14,2014. Motion carried.

4. Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $5,040.58.

5. Membership Report

Membership Chair, Gertie Purdy reported $537.00 in membership dues, a result of the membership letter sent at the end of January.

6. Business arising from Previous minutes

• Home for Janice Simmonds Award – Nora Jenkins and Roger Younker informed that the Janice Simmonds Award is permanently placed in an attractive cabinet at the Farm Centre. Nora Jenkins will send a letter to John Jamieson of the PEI Federation of Agriculture to thank for the use of the cabinet.

Lane MacLaren plans to contact the Guardian with the hope of having a story written about the Award.

• Soaring to New Heights –Laura Lee Howard reported $1600.00 received from 2014 Fund for our 2014 project. The committee will meet to pick a date in October and make plans.

• Governor General Tree Planting – Lane reported that a letter has been sent to Govenor General David Johnston requesting that he plant a tree in the Royal Forest on one of his visits to PEI this year.

Permission has been received from Ag Canada for the planting and Friends of the farm would supply the tree.

7. New Business

• It was agreed that the Friends of the Farm would have a spring clean up. This will be on the agenda for next meeting.

8. Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is Monday March 24, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

Lane MacLaren       Nora Jenkins
Chair                         Secretary

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Legacy Garden Project

Meeting

Adam MacLean explains The Legacy Garden Project to the Friends of the Farm Board, February 2014. The Project covers 8 1/2 acres of land behind the Farm Centre. It will be planted with community gardens, orchards and varieties of grain developed on PEI. It connects people with sources of food as they garden and volunteer. The public will be welcome to education sessions and to observe the gardens which overlook the Experiemental Farm.

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January Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm

Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2 pm

 

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

Regrets:      Laura Lea Howard, Kim Devine

 

1.     Call to Order

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

2.     Approval of the Agenda

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

3.     Approval of minutes of  October 8, 2013

Libby Martin moved, Doug MacDonald seconded the approval of the minutes of October 8, 2013. Motion carried.

4.     Financial Report

Treasurer Nora Jenkins reported a bank account of $5,025.00. She reported that she had delivered the gift of a centerpiece to Barb MacDonald, Island Nature Trust, to thank her for her assistance throughout the year.

5.     Membership Report

Membership Chair, Gertie Purdy reported 360 on the membership roll.

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Gertie Purdy seconded that Julie Harris be made an honorary member of the Friends of the Farm. Motion carried.  This recognition is in appreciation for her support in early years by sharing her knowledge about the Farm.  It was agreed that a letter be sent to her and Nora Jenkins agreed to look after this.

6.     Business arising from Previous minutes

·        Review of annual meeting – It was agreed that it was a good meeting with a good turn out and that the guest speaker, Bert Christie was very enjoyable. 

·        Home for Janice Simmonds Award – It was agreed that the Farm Centre is the best place to place the award.  Roger Younker will continue to work on trying to make this happen.  It was agreed that once this was decided then there needs to be a plague placed permanently with the information and also that this information be displayed.

·        Soaring to New Heights – Lane MacLaren informed on behalf of Laura Lee Howard that the agreement for the project is ready to be signed by Wayne Riley, Ag Canada, Friends and 2014 Celebration representative.

7.     New Business

·        Adam MacLean – Community Orchard – It was agreed that Adam MacLean be invited to the next Friends of the Farm meeting to update the Friends on his activities and in particular the Community Orchard.

·        Governor General Tree Planting – Sylvia Poirier agreed to find out who could be contacted and the process for an invitation for the Governor General to plant a tree.

·        Meeting with Hon Gail Shea – It was agreed that the Friends  meet with the Hon. Gail Shea to continue the lobby of the Federal Government to keep the Experimental Farm green.  The date of the meeting is to be set.

 

8.     Adjournment and Date and Time of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                           Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                          Secretary

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Lecture by Dr. Bert Christie November 4 2013

CHARLOTTETOWN EXPERIMENTAL FARM
100 Years of Community Connection and Innovative Research
The Charlottetown Experimental Farm was established in 1909, on the edge of Charlottetown.The Farm was established in response to requests from farmers and farm leaders on PEI. The land was not as productive as it had been in earlier years; and the crops being grown had been developed elsewhere. Many farmers wondered if such crops were adapted to PEI.
In 1909, Ravenwood, the house on the property, was in rather poor shape, having been rented for several years. One of the first projects was restoration of Ravenwood. The verandah was removed, bay windows added on each side of the front door, and a belvedere was added to the roof. The house remains as it was upon restoration in 1910 or 1911.
In 1968, the name was changed to the Charlottetown Research Station, and a new building was erected on University Avenue. But local people still called it the Experimental Farm. In recent years, the name was changed to the Crops and Livestock Research Centre; but local people still called it the Experimental Farm. For this article, it will be called the Experimental Farm!
The Charlottetown Experimental farm, compared to others across Canada, had two unique characteristics, or strengths:
1.There was good rapport with the City; and the non-farm population;
2. Excellent contacts with the farming community.
The City and non-Farm Community
Many people who grew up in Charlottetown, talk about spending time on the Experimental Farm.Children walked around the farm, looking at baby chicks, or seeing cows being milked. Right from the beginnings, the first director, Dr. Artemus Clark, welcomed the non-farm population.For example, in 1911 and 1912, the staff planted 100 fruit trees ( likely most were apple trees),1000 ornamental shrubs, 21 varieties of strawberries, plus some raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries. All the apple trees are gone, but it would be interesting to know if any of those ornamental shrubs are still there.
These planting were of interested to the people of Charlottetown for their gardens; and to the farming population , either as possible commercial production or for a garden. All were welcomed to view these. In 1918, the Farm hired a gardener, Mr. George Brown, who was responsible for the shrubs and perennial flower borders. Mr. Brown kept the flowers “in high bloom for extended periods of time”. Through the years successive head gardeners kept the flowers and shrubs and made the Farm a showplace. Bus tours would go through the farm toview the plots, flowers, and lily pond. One of the last gardeners was the late Mel Martin. With budget cuts, the grounds are not as attractive as they were. Friends of the Farm have restored the crown garden in an effort to restore some of the beauty of the Farm.
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There is a photo of school children on a field trip to the Farm in 1915. School children were welcomed; and shown around the Farm. Today, at open houses, children are introduced to many aspects of agriculture through tours, computer simulations, and other modern technology.
Groups, rural and urban, were made welcome to have picnics on the Farm. In 1973, as a PEI Centennial project, an area of the farm was set aside as a picnic area. A cairn was placed at the front of the area, and the plaque on the cairn states: “ This Research Station Centennial Project is dedicated to greater cooperation within the agricultural community and to the betterment of agriculture and rural life on P.E.I.”
Behind the cairn is a picnic area and behind that, the “Premiers’ Wood”. Recent Premiers of PEI have planted trees in that area. The Friends of the Farm have arranged for recent Premiers to plant a tree. This summer, Catherine Callbeck planted a tree.
This welcome to the public and especially the non-farm public may seem very natural to the people of Charlottetown. But the Experimental Farm is unique in that I don’t know of any other Experimental Farm or Station which has made the public so welcome. Indeed there are reports of some Farms or Stations which discouraged or even prohibited visits by the general public.
Then, there is the Royal Forest. No other research establishment has the equivalent of the Royal Forest of the Charlottetown Experimental Farm!! The first tree was planted here in 1912, 101years ago. It was planted by the Duke of Connaught, who was then the Governor General. In succeeding years, when the governor general visited the island, a tree would be planted. The last tree was planted by Madam Sauvé. The first member of the royal family to plant a tree was the then Prince of Wales in 1919. The last member of the royal family to plant a tree was the presen tPrince of Wales who visited in 1983. The tradition for such visitors to plant a tree has not beencontinued and past administrations of the Farm, had discouraged or prohibited such tree plantings.
The Farming Communities
The first Director made every effort to acquaint the farmers with the work of the Farm. In 1911,the second planting year, plots of cereals, corn, clovers and grasses were planted and in August,Dr. Clark invited farmers to visit and to look at these plots. In subsequent years, there were field days and picnics. Farmers came to the Farm to view the latest innovations; some developed here and others were demonstrations of innovations developed elsewhere. These field days continue to the present day.
Again, it would seem obvious that a research farm or station should make every effort to show farmers the latest developments. Such was not always the case. Sometimes researchers feel that i twas not their job to talk to farmers and to explain what the researchers are doing and what are the results. Such was never the case with researchers at the Charlottetown Experimental Farm. It should be noted that in the early 1970’s, the budget for agricultural research was either reduced or
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held constant. In those years, it is interesting to note that the staff at the Experimental Farm actually increased; when other locations had a hiring freeze. The success of Dr. Lloyd MacLeod,the director at the time, can be attributed to his success in presenting the needs to the authorities in Ottawa, plus the support that he received from the farming community on PEI.
Crops
Over the years, the Experimental Farm has conducted research on many crops; for example,
-Field crops = wheat, oats, barley, corn, alfalfa, clover, grasses
-Vegetables= potatoes, carrots, turnips
– Fruit= apples, strawberries
– Other= sugar sugar beets
One of the tangible results of the research is the development of new varieties of field crops. Dr.Clark, the first director, developed a variety of barley, called ‘Charlottetown 80′; and the farm press referred to that variety as ‘the farmers’ barley’. It was grown all over the maritimes for many years. To date, there have been at total of 19 new varieties of barley, developed by Dick Sterling, and later, by Alek Choo. In wheat, Hans Nass developed 15 varieties before his death afew years ago. The last variety was released after his death and has been named ‘AC Nass’. In oats, there have been 3 varieties. York turnips was developed a number of years ago and has resistance to a disease. In red clover, 3 varieties have been developed. These varieties were developed by the various plant breeders, supported by many other scientists, such as plant pathologists, entomologists, and crop production scientists.
In 1912, the Farm started rotation studies, to compare continuous potatoes with 3-, 4-, and 5-yearrotations including potatoes, barley, clover and other crops. In 1926, after 14 years, the following rotation was recommended:
1st year – potato
2nd year – barley
3rd year – clover.
In the 1990’s the provincial government made such a rotation mandatory for potato producers;that is about 70 years after the Farm made the recommendation.
Since one of the reasons for the establishment of the Experimental Farm was the concern of farmers about declining soil productivity, soil fertility studies were initiated in 1927. In 1937, a ratio of 1-2-2 (nitrogen- phosphorus-potassium) was recommended and is still followed. In 1943,a soil testing laboratory was established to test farmers’ soil.
Since potatoes have always been an important crop on PEI, potato research has been an important part of the Farm’s program. In 1913, a potato certification system was inaugurated. This ensured that seed potatoes met a certain standard and facilitated seed potato sales. Although no potato breeding was done here, staff cooperated with the potato breeders at the Fredericton Farm. Staff were involved in the testing of the variety Shepody which has been an important potato variety.
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Staff at the Farm have been involved in research on potato diseases, insect pests, and production practices.
If Dr. Clark, the first director, were to visit PEI today, he would be surprised at some the crops being grown and researched. In traveling around PEI he would see soybeans and canola which were not grown here when he was director. If he visited the Harrington Research Farm, he would see barley, wheat, potatoes, etc., crops which were grown in his time. But he would also see research on such crops and potential crops as: rosehips, crambe, hops, ground hemlock and highbush blueberries. At an open house, he might learn how such techniques as nuclear magnetic resonance is being used to solve problems. He would be pleased to see that staff are evaluating so many new things.
Livestock
Since 1909, the Farm has conducted research on many farm animals, such as cattle, sheep, swine,goats and poultry; and also, on foxes, mink and bees. When the Farm was established in 1909, it was to focus on crops, only. A farm in Nova Scotia and another in New Brunswick, had livestock. But there was grain and hay from the fields, and so initially, sheep or cattle were purchased for feeding studies.
In 1913, a small poultry flock was purchased for the farm. The Canadian government wanted to  improve the productivity of poultry, so in 1918, the National Egg Laying Contest was initiated.Dr. Clark, the director at Charlottetown, was in charge of this program from 1918 to 1922. Each year, any poultry breeder in Canada could send 8 pullets to Charlottetown, and in the first year,20 breeders sent a total of 160 pullets. Of course, facilities had to be built to house these. The Charlottetown paper carried a regular update on the results of the program. If a group of pullets achieved a certain standard, the breeder was given a record of performance. Dr. Clark managed this national program until 1922 when it was transferred to British Columbia.
In 1916, the Farm purchased 2 Ayrshire cows, and this was the beginning of the herd. In 1922, a group of Ayrshire cattle from PEI was sent to the first Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Among these were several from the Farm, and the Farm won two prizes. For the next few years,Ayrshires from the Farm were shown at various fairs around the province. Then showing was discontinued, since the director felt it was not the Farm’s responsibility.
Over the years, the Charlottetown Research Farm has contributed much to island agriculture. The proof of this is the response of farmers. In 2009, for the centennial of the Farm, Ernie Mutch,then President of the PEI Federation of Agriculture, had this to say: “I don’t think we would have the amount of agriculture we have in the province today without the research centre. You look at what farmers are growing and how they are growing it and you can trace a lot of it back to their scientists and technicians. “
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Future
Today, there are no livestock on the Farm or Centre; so it has returned to its original mandate.
Field research has moved from Charlottetown to the Harrington Research Farm. There is less contact with people who live in Charlottetown. As a result the close contact between the Farm and the non-farm population may be lost.
An organization like Friends of the Farm can play an important role in preserving the Experimental Farm land and buildings, and grounds in Charlottetown.1
CHARLOTTETOWN EXPERIMENTAL FARM
100 Years of Community Connection and Innovative Research
The Charlottetown Experimental Farm was established in 1909, on the edge of Charlottetown.The Farm was established in response to requests from farmers and farm leaders on PEI. Th eland was not as productive as it had been in earlier years; and the crops being grown had were adapted to PEI.
In 1909, Ravenwood, the house on the property, was in rather poor shape, having been rented for several years. One of the first projects was restoration of Ravenwood. The verandah was removed, bay windows added on each side of the front door, and a belvedere was added to the roof. The house remains as it was upon restoration in 1910 or 1911.
In 1968, the name was changed to the Charlottetown Research Station, and a new building was erected on University Avenue. But local people still called it the Experimental Farm. In recent years, the name was changed to the Crops and Livestock Research Centre; but local people still called it the Experimental Farm. For this article, it will be called the Experimental Farm!
The Charlottetown Experimental farm, compared to others across Canada, had two unique characteristics, or strengths:
1.There was good rapport with the City; and the non-farm population;
2. Excellent contacts with the farming community.
The City and non-Farm Community
Many people who grew up in Charlottetown, talk about spending time on the Experimental Farm.Children walked around the farm, looking at baby chicks, or seeing cows being milked. Right from the beginnings, the first director, Dr. Artemus Clark, welcomed the non-farm population.For example, in 1911 and 1912, the staff planted 100 fruit trees ( likely most were apple trees),1000 ornamental shrubs, 21 varieties of strawberries, plus some raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries. All the apple trees are gone, but it would be interesting to know if any of those ornamental shrubs are still there.
These planting were of interested to the people of Charlottetown for their gardens; and to the farming population , either as possible commercial production or for a garden. All were welcomed to view these. In 1918, the Farm hired a gardener, Mr. George Brown, who was responsible for the shrubs and perennial flower borders. Mr. Brown kept the flowers “in high bloom for extended periods of time”. Through the years successive head gardeners kept the flowers and shrubs and made the Farm a showplace. Bus tours would go through the farm to view the plots, flowers, and lily pond. One of the last gardeners was the late Mel Martin. With budget cuts, the grounds are not as attractive as they were. Friends of the Farm have restored the crown garden in an effort to restore some of the beauty of the Farm.
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There is a photo of school children on a field trip to the Farm in 1915. School children were welcomed; and shown around the Farm. Today, at open houses, children are introduced to many aspects of agriculture through tours, computer simulations, and other modern technology.
Groups, rural and urban, were made welcome to have picnics on the Farm. In 1973, as a PEI Centennial project, an area of the farm was set aside as a picnic area. A cairn was placed at thefront of the area, and the plaque on the cairn states: “ This Research Station Centennial Project isdedicated to greater cooperation within the agricultural community and to the betterment of agriculture and rural life on P.E.I.”
Behind the cairn is a picnic area and behind that, the “Premiers’ Wood”. Recent Premiers of PEI have planted trees in that area. The Friends of the Farm have arranged for recent Premiers to plant a tree. This summer, Catherine Callbeck planted a tree.
This welcome to the public and especially the non-farm public may seem very natural to the people of Charlottetown. But the Experimental Farm is unique in that I don’t know of any other Experimental Farm or Station which has made the public so welcome. Indeed there are reports of some Farms or Stations which discouraged or even prohibited visits by the general public.
Then, there is the Royal Forest. No other research establishment has the equivalent of the Royal Forest of the Charlottetown Experimental Farm!! The first tree was planted here in 1912, 101years ago. It was planted by the Duke of Connaught, who was then the Governor General. In succeeding years, when the governor general visited the island, a tree would be planted. The last tree was planted by Madam Sauvé. The first member of the royal family to plant a tree was the then Prince of Wales in 1919. The last member of the royal family to plant a tree was the present Prince of Wales who visited in 1983. The tradition for such visitors to plant a tree has not been continued and past administrations of the Farm, had discouraged or prohibited such tree plantings.
The Farming Communities
The first Director made every effort to acquaint the farmers with the work of the Farm. In 1911,the second planting year, plots of cereals, corn, clovers and grasses were planted and in August,Dr. Clark invited farmers to visit and to look at these plots. In subsequent years, there were field days and picnics. Farmers came to the Farm to view the latest innovations; some developed here and others were demonstrations of innovations developed elsewhere. These field days continue to the present day.
Again, it would seem obvious that a research farm or station should make every effort to show farmers the latest developments. Such was not always the case. Sometimes researchers feel that it was not their job to talk to farmers and to explain what the researchers are doing and what are the results. Such was never the case with researchers at the Charlottetown Experimental Farm. It should be noted that in the early 1970’s, the budget for agricultural research was either reduced or
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held constant. In those years, it is interesting to note that the staff at the Experimental Farm actually increased; when other locations had a hiring freeze. The success of Dr. Lloyd MacLeod,the director at the time, can be attributed to his success in presenting the needs to the authorities in Ottawa, plus the support that he received from the farming community on PEI.
Crops
Over the years, the Experimental Farm has conducted research on many crops; for example,
-Field crops = wheat, oats, barley, corn, alfalfa, clover, grasses
-Vegetables= potatoes, carrots, turnips
– Fruit= apples, strawberries
– Other= sugar sugar beets
One of the tangible results of the research is the development of new varieties of field crops. Dr.Clark, the first director, developed a variety of barley, called ‘Charlottetown 80′; and the farm press referred to that variety as ‘the farmers’ barley’. It was grown all over the maritimes for many years. To date, there have been at total of 19 new varieties of barley, developed by Dick Sterling, and later, by Alek Choo. In wheat, Hans Nass developed 15 varieties before his death a few years ago. The last variety was released after his death and has been named ‘AC Nass’. In oats, there have been 3 varieties. York turnips was developed a number of years ago and has resistance to a disease. In red clover, 3 varieties have been developed. These varieties were developed by the various plant breeders, supported by many other scientists, such as plant pathologists, entomologists, and crop production scientists.
In 1912, the Farm started rotation studies, to compare continuous potatoes with 3-, 4-, and 5-yearrotations including potatoes, barley, clover and other crops. In 1926, after 14 years, the following rotation was recommended:
1st year – potato
2nd year – barley
3rd year – clover.
In the 1990’s the provincial government made such a rotation mandatory for potato producers;that is about 70 years after the Farm made the recommendation.
Since one of the reasons for the establishment of the Experimental Farm was the concern of farmers about declining soil productivity, soil fertility studies were initiated in 1927. In 1937, a ratio of 1-2-2 (nitrogen- phosphorus-potassium) was recommended and is still followed. In 1943,a soil testing laboratory was established to test farmers’ soil.
Since potatoes have always been an important crop on PEI, potato research has been an important part of the Farm’s program. In 1913, a potato certification system was inaugurated. This ensured that seed potatoes met a certain standard and facilitated seed potato sales. Although no potato breeding was done here, staff cooperated with the potato breeders at the Fredericton Farm. Staff were involved in the testing of the variety Shepody which has been an important potato variety.
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Staff at the Farm have been involved in research on potato diseases, insect pests, and production practices.
If Dr. Clark, the first director, were to visit PEI today, he would be surprised at some the crops being grown and researched. In traveling around PEI he would see soybeans and canola which were not grown here when he was director. If he visited the Harrington Research Farm, he would see barley, wheat, potatoes, etc., crops which were grown in his time. But he would also see research on such crops and potential crops as: rosehips, crambe, hops, ground hemlock and highbush blueberries. At an open house, he might learn how such techniques as nuclear magnetic resonance is being used to solve problems. He would be pleased to see that staff are evaluating so many new things.
Livestock
Since 1909, the Farm has conducted research on many farm animals, such as cattle, sheep, swine,goats and poultry; and also, on foxes, mink and bees. When the Farm was established in 1909, it was to focus on crops, only. A farm in Nova Scotia and another in New Brunswick, had livestock. But there was grain and hay from the fields, and so initially, sheep or cattle were purchased for feeding studies.
In 1913, a small poultry flock was purchased for the farm. The Canadian government wanted to improve the productivity of poultry, so in 1918, the National Egg Laying Contest was initiated.Dr. Clark, the director at Charlottetown, was in charge of this program from 1918 to 1922. Each year, any poultry breeder in Canada could send 8 pullets to Charlottetown, and in the first year,20 breeders sent a total of 160 pullets. Of course, facilities had to be built to house these. The Charlottetown paper carried a regular update on the results of the program. If a group of pullets achieved a certain standard, the breeder was given a record of performance. Dr. Clark managed this national program until 1922 when it was transferred to British Columbia.
In 1916, the Farm purchased 2 Ayrshire cows, and this was the beginning of the herd. In 1922, a group of Ayrshire cattle from PEI was sent to the first Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Among these were several from the Farm, and the Farm won two prizes. For the next few years,Ayrshires from the Farm were shown at various fairs around the province. Then showing was discontinued, since the director felt it was not the Farm’s responsibility.
Over the years, the Charlottetown Research Farm has contributed much to island agriculture. The proof of this is the response of farmers. In 2009, for the centennial of the Farm, Ernie Mutch,then President of the PEI Federation of Agriculture, had this to say: “I don’t think we would have the amount of agriculture we have in the province today without the research centre. You look at what farmers are growing and how they are growing it and you can trace a lot of it back to their scientists and technicians. “
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Future
Today, there are no livestock on the Farm or Centre; so it has returned to its original mandate.
Field research has moved from Charlottetown to the Harrington Research Farm. There is less contact with people who live in Charlottetown. As a result the close contact between the Farm and the non-farm population may be lost.
An organization like Friends of the Farm can play an important role in preserving the Experimental Farm land and buildings, and grounds in Charlottetown.

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Annual Meeting 2013

Simmonds Award with Lane Percy Lloyd MacLeods Son in Law Nov 2013Photo Annual Meeting with Bert Christie Nov 2013Photo Annual Meeting Nov 2013Annual Meeting Simmonds award being presented Nov 2013Annual Meeting Lane MacLaren Nov 2013

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

ANNUAL MEETING

Farm Centre, University Avenue

Monday, November 5, 2013

7 P.M.

1.        Call to Order

             Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. The presence of the Simmonds-MacEachern family and the MacLeod family was noted and they were welcomed to the meeting. The members of the Friends of the Farm Board were introduced.

2.        Approval of Agenda

            Kim Devine moved, Libby Martin seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

3.        Approval of the minutes of the 2012 annual meeting, November 6, 2012.

            Connie MacKay Carr moved, Gertie Purdy  seconded the approval of the minutes of the previous annual meeting on November 6, 2012. Motion carried.

4.        Review of the years activities             

            LaneMacLaren, 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 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.  The new initiative, Clean Up the Farm Day on May 11, 2013, was noted and recognized as a very successful day with good participation and result.

            Mr. MacLaren informed that Senator Catherine Callbeck planted a Linden tree in the Premier’s Grove on June 18,2013, before a gathering, to commemorate her time as Premier of Prince Edward Island.  A Memorial Bench in memory of Janice Simmonds was placed on the Trail in the middle of the Farm.  Board members supplied plants and created a garden at the bench for all to enjoy.

            “Soaring to New Heights” , a 2014 project of Friends of the Farm was announced and,thanks to being a recipient of a 2014 small grant, will take place in October 2014.  Thanks was expressed to Laura Lee Howard and committee for their work on this project.

            Noted as well is the website for the Friends of the Farm which is kept up to date thanks to Connie MacKay Carr.

5.        Financial Report                                       

Nora Jenkins, Secretary Treasurer, circulated the financial statement  for the year April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.  This is the result of the Financial Review as conducted by Doug Ezaerd CA of the Accounting firm, Arsenault, Best Cameron Ellis and found to be in accordance with the Canadian accounting standards for not for profit organizations.

Nora Jenkins moved, Ken MacDonald seconded,  the acceptance of the Financial Statement as presented. Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins  moved, Ken MacDonald seconded  that Arsensault Best Cameron Ellis be asked to provide the financial review for the year April 1 2013 to March 31, 2014. Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins provided  information about the Janice Simmonds Memorial donations.  She expressed that  the Board of the Friends of the Farm was very thankful that the Friends of the Farm was remembered by Janice’s family in this way and have  been very thoughtful in the use of these donations. She informed that there was a  total of $3, 790.00 in the fund.  Of that $1850.00 has been spent on the memorial bench, and on the Janice Simmonds Award which includes the large award and 10 small presentation awards for the next  ten years leaving $1,840.00 in the fund for future special plans.

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          

            Chair, Lane MacLaren  presented the nomination report which informed that all present Board members are willing to serve another term. Mr MacLaren  called for nominations from the floor.  There being none, Lane MacLaren  moved, Ewen Stewart seconded  the adoption of the nominating report.  Motion carried.

 

8.        Presentation of the Janice Simmonds Award

            Lane MacLaren introduced the Janice Simmonds Award.  He thanked the members of the Simmonds/MacEachern family for their support and presence and also  family representative, Charles Coll, for the recipient, the late Lloyd MacLeod.  He 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”.

                Henry Purdy was thanked for his artistic assistance in creating the award. Mr Purdy explained his concept for the award and the meaning.  The award was then crafted by MacAskills.  Board member, Roger Younker was thanked for his work on this project.

                Lane MacLaren then introduced the first recipient, the late Lloyd MacLeod, the founding chair of Friends of the Farm, advocate for green spaces and community contributor.

                Percy Simmonds presented the award to Charles Coll, son in law of Lloyd MacLeod, who received on behalf of the MacLeod family.

9.        Introduction of Guest Speaker           

            Laura Lee Howard introduced guest speaker, Bert Christie, who addressed the topic “The Charlottetown Experimental Farm: 100 years of Community Connection and Innovative Research”. Nora Jenkins thanked Bert Christie for his delightful and informative talk.   Appreciation was shown.

10.      Adjournment

            There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

Lane MacLaren                                                       Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                                          Secretary

 

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Dr. Lloyd MacLeod

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DR. LLOYD MACLEOD

 

Members of the Friends of the Farm were saddened to learn of the passing of Lloyd MacLeod on October 9th, 2013.

Lloyd was the Director of the Canada Agriculture Research Station (Experimental Farm) in Charlottetown from 1970 – 1990.

During his time as Director of the Farm, Lloyd and his family resided at Ravenwood House located on the Farm property. The MacLeod family have been recognised as the last residents of Ravenwood.

Upon retirement, Lloyd’s interest in the Farm remained strong as he was instrumental in the establishment of the Friends of the Farm. As the founding Chair of the Friends of the Farm, Lloyd continued to advocate for the preservation of the Farm as a public green space. At the time of his passing, Lloyd was Honorary Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Farm and remained intently interested in the future of the Farm and in the work of the Friends of the Farm.

As we move forward in the days ahead, Lloyd’s leadership and dedication will serve as an inspiration to each and every one of us as we continue Lloyd’s work.

All members of The Friends of the Farm extend sincere condolences to Lloyd’s family during this time.

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October Minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board meeting

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ravenwood Boardroom

 

Present:     Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Doug MacDonald, Connie Mackay Carr, Laura Lee Howard, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin,

Regrets:    Kim Devine, Roger Younker, Gertie Purdy, Ken MacDonald, Catherine Hennessey

 

1.        Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren 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 September 10, 2013

Doug MacDonald moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded the approval of the minutes of September 10, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

   4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins reported that $1750.00 of the $3,790.00 in the Janice Simmonds Memorial Fund has been spent.  The current bank balance is $5,083.11.

 

5.   Business Arising from Minutes

·         Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held at the Farm Centre on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7 pm.  The guest speaker will Bert Christie who will describe the research work carried out over the 100 year history of the Farm.

Laura Lee Howard will places notices in the Guardian and the Buzz.

Laura Lee will do a picture presentation to be shown as people gather.

Nora Jenkins and Gertie Purdy will send notice of the meeting to members.

The Janice Simmonds award will be presented.  Lane will make the presentation and Henry Purdy is to be asked to describe the design of the award.

Nora Jenkins will invite the Simmonds family to attend and for Percy Simmonds to make the presentation.  Nora Jenkins will invite Lloyd MacLeod’s family to attend and accept the award on his behalf.  Nora will also invite the MacEachern family.

Lane will introduce the guest speaker, Bert Christie and Nora Jenkins will thank Bert and also Henry Purdy for his considerable help with the Janice Simmonds Memorial.

Roger Younker to have the Award ready for presentation with the name engraved and also the small award. 

The Guardian is to be booked for a picture of the presentation.

Lane MacLaren presented a draft agenda and it was reviewed.

 

·         Crown Garden Clean Up

Doug MacDonald and Lane MacLaren will do the fall clean up of the Crown Garden in late October.

 

·         2014 Provincial Project Update

Laura Lee Howard reported that she is working on the required “special event” insurance for “Soaring to New Heights”.  Quotes are being received and assessed to make sure the insurance meets the requirement of 2014 and of Ag Canada.  Laura Lee will continue to liaise with Wayne Riley of Ag Canada Research.

 

 

 

·         Senator Callbeck Tree Plaque

Connie MacKay Carr reported that she has confirmed that the tree planted by Senator Callbeck is a Little Leaf Linden.  Connie is in the process of having the plaque made for the tree.  Connie also informed that she has a print of the Royal Crown Garden framed and given to Van Dampen Nursery as thanks for their support.

                                   

 

6.   New Business

·         Changes to the Board

It is expected that the present Board of Directors will renew their term for another year.  There will be a motion at the annual meeting which will include a call from nominations from the floor.

·         Friends of the Farm Membership list

Libby Martin moved, Sylvia Poirier seconded that the names of the Friends of the Farm membership, as maintained by the membership chair and is with Island Nature Trust staff for the purpose of communication, will be used for Friends of the Farm business only. Motion carried.

 

            Adjournment and date of next meeting

 

           There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

The date of the next meeting is the annual meeting on November 4, 2013.

 

The Board will meet for a Christmas social at the home of Libby Martin, a date to be confirmed.  Thursday, December 5 being a possible date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Lane MacLaren                                               Nora Jenkins

            Chair                                                               Secretary

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Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ravenwood Boardroom

 

Present:     Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Ken MacDonald, Doug MacDonald, Catherine Hennessey, Connie Mackay Carr, Laura Lee Howard, Sylvia Poirier,

Regrets:    Libby Martin, Kim Devine, Roger Younker

 

1.        Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order.

 

2.Approval of the agenda

Catherine Hennessey moved, Ken MacDonald seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of minutes of May 30, 2013           

Ken MacDonald  moved, Doug MacDonald  seconded the approval of the minutes of May 30, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

   4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins presented the Financial Review of the Friends of the Farm for the year April 1, 2012 to March 31 2013 as prepared by Doug Ezeard.

Nora Jenkins moved, Gertie Purdy seconded that the Review be approved. Motion carried.

Nora Jenkins reported the bill for the Janice Simmons Award was paid from the memorial funds.

 

5.   Business Arising from Minutes

·         Janice Simmonds Award

The Award was displayed and received very favorable comment as did the small presentation award.  It was suggested that a small wooden plaque similar to the McAskill plaque on the back be placed on the front each year with the name of the recipient.

Sylvia Poirier moved, Laura Lee Howard seconded that ten small presentation awards be made and kept for future years. Motion carried.

The first recipient will be Lloyd MacLeod and it will be presented at the annual meeting.

It was agreed that a gift certificate be given to Henry Purdy to thank him for his work on the Award. This will be presented at the Annual.

The Board is to consider where the Award will be placed.

·         Annual Meeting

It was agreed that Lane MacLaren would speak to Bert Christie to invite Bert to speak on the research done on the Farm over the years.  It is possible that he invite Leith Thompson to speak with him.

Tentative dates are November 4, 5 or the following week.

The Farm Centre is the suggested venue

·         Memorial Bench and Crown Garden Maintenance

Doug MacDonald informed that the plants will need to be removed in the fall.

It was suggested that a framed picture of the Garden to given to VanKampens as a thank you for their support. Connie MacKay Carr agreed to get the picture done.

Lane MacLaren reported that he was required to sign a document entitled: “License of Occupation” for the purpose of maintaining the Royal Crown Flower Bed at the Crops and Livestock Research Centre situated in the City of Charlottetown, PEI. The purpose is to remove any liability on the part of Ag Canada.

 

·         Senator Callbeck Tree

It was agreed that there was a good turn out and a very positive tree planting.  Senator Callbeck was very pleased and made very supportive comments. A type of Linden was planted.

6.   New Business

·         Laura Lee Howard informed that a Contribution Agreement needed to be signed and returned to the 2014 Celebration office.  Insurance fort he event was noted as a question and Laura Lee will speak with Wayne Riley of Ag Canada.

The date for the Soar to New Heights is tentatively October 11, or 12, 2014.

 

7.Adjournment and date of next meeting

 

           There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm in the Ravenwood Boardroom.

 

 

 

 

            Lane MacLaren                                               Nora Jenkins

            Chair                                                               Secretary

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Tree planting

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Members of the Friends of the Farm Board with Senator Catherine Callbeck, and Dr. Maria Rodriguez and Gail Arsenault of the Research Centre at the Experimental Farm on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Senator Callbeck planted a Linden tree in the Premier’s Groove to recognize her time as Premier of Prince Edward Island.

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Senator Catherine Callbeck and Lane MacLaren

 

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Senator Catherine Callbeck is joined by Friends of the Farm Board Chair, Lane MacLaren and Research Station Director, Dr. Maria Rodriguez  at the Experimental Farm on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 while planting a tree in the Premier’s Grove.

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Soaring to New Heights

Friends of the Farm is pleased to be partnering with Agriculture Canada,
Parks Canada, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and UPEI
(Robertson Library), to present "Soaring to New Heights: Kite Flying on
the Farm" as part of the 2014 Island  wide celebrations. 
 
 
This will be a festival of flying kites on our "Beloved Experimental
Farm", inviting the expertise of our newcomer communities who hold
centuries-old traditions of building and kite flying to share their
skills, and for islanders to travel that historical path to the
"Experimental Farm" to gather and celebrate. Parks Canada's "Ardgowan",
the adjacent property to "The Farm", where a Confederation party or two
was held, will be open to the public for walking tours. 
 
 
Please stay tuned to this website. As the details unfold, we will share
them with you!     
 
 
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Summer News


The Board of the Friends of the Farm wish to let you know of activities this summer. We are pleased to tell you the following.
  • A memorial bench was placed in memory of Janice Simmonds, who served as Board chair until her passing in May, 2012.  The bench is on the Confederation Trail at the point where the road intersects the Trail in the middle of the Farm. A flower bed was created and filled with perennials and annuals. It is hoped that this will be enjoyed by all who pass through the Farm and that it will provide a pleasant resting spot.
  • The Royal Crown Garden is planted and looks beautiful. Vankampen’s Greenhouses provided the 1,600 plants at a 50% discount again this year. Planting was done by the staff of the Experimental Farm and Board members are tending both the Crown Garden and the Memorial Garden.
  • The Friends of the Farm was successful in receiving a small event grant from 2014 Celebration for “Soaring to New Heights- Kite Flying on the Farm”. The application was supported by the New Comers Association, The Robertson Library at UPEI and Parks Canada in recognition of the historical link with Ardgowan. Thanks to Laura Lee Howard, Board member for her preparation on this successful proposal.
  • Senator Catherine Callbeck will plant a tree in the Premiers Grove on the Farm. This will mean that all Premiers from Walter Shaw onward will have planted a tree.  Senator Callbeck will plant on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy the Farm and share this event.
The Board meets monthly with the exception of July and August
We wish everyone a pleasant summer.
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May minutes

Minutes

Friends of the Farm Board meeting

Monday, May 30, 2013 4 pm

Ravenwood Boardroom

Present:     Lane MacLaren, Nora Jenkins, Gertie Purdy, Ken MacDonald, Doug MacDonald, Kim Devine, Catherine Hennessey, Connie Mackay Carr, Roger Younker,

Regrets:    Laura Lee Howard, Sylvia Poirier, Libby Martin,

  1. Call to Order

Chair, Lane MacLaren called the meeting to order.

 

2.Approval of the agenda

Connie MacKay Carr moved, Catherine Hennessey seconded the approval of the agenda. Motion carried.

 

3.      Approval of minutes of May 6, 2013

Roger Younker moved, Ken MacDonald  seconded the approval of the minutes of May 6, 2013.  Motion carried.

 

4.      Financial Report

Nora Jenkins reported a bank balance of $6,261.12.  She reported that the books have been delivered to Doug Ezeard of Arsenault, Cameron, Best and Eillis for the annual financial review.

 

  1. Business Arising from Minutes of April May 6, 2013
  • Clean Up the Farm Day

Lane MacLaren thanked Nora Jenkins for the idea and to all who came out to help. It was an excellent morning with a good turn out of 30 people. It is hoped that this will be an annual activity.  The hedgerow that runs parallel to University Avenue is filled with garbage and requires a good cleaning with many hands.

  • Memorial Bench

Connie MacKay Carr reported that she and Libby have planted perennials which were obtained from Ken MacDonald.  Bruce Bennett supplied compost and soil. There is a second concrete slab on which the City may place a second bench.  Connie noted that the garbage can could be improved.  Nora Jenkins has let the Simmonds family know of the bench. Pictures may be taken and sent to the family at a later date.

  • Crown Garden

Doug MacDonald reported that Van Kampen’s will supply 1600 plants at the same cost as last year.  Planting will take place after the 8th of June.

The Friends of the farm are responsible to maintain the Royal Crown.  A schedule was set.

June                                        Lane MacLaren

First 2 weeks of July               Connie MacKay Carr

Last 2 weeks of July               Roger Younker

First 2 weeks of August          Ken MacDonald

Last 2 weeks of August          Nora Jenkins

  • Senator Callbeck Tree

Lane MacLaren contacted Senator Catherine Callbeck to arrange for a photo of her tree planting. She is very willing to come to the Farm and Lane will arrange a date.  Lane will check on the tree and Connie will have the sign made.

  • 2014 Celebration

Word has been received that the Friends of the Farm will be a recipient of $2,000.00 from the 2014 Commission for “Soaring to New Heights”.  Laura Lee Howard will chair a subcommittee to plan the event and members of the committee are Connie MacKay Carr and Kim Devine.  Thanks to Laura Lee for this initiative.

 

  1. New Business
  • Annual Meeting

It was agreed that the annual meeting would be in the fall and that the Board think of guest speakers.

 

7.     Adjournment and date of next meeting

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

The date of the next meeting is at the call of the Chair.

 

 

 

Lane MacLaren                                               Nora Jenkins

Chair                                                               Secretary

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