2021 Crown Garden

Our Crown Garden is beautiful.

Thanks to Agriculture Canada for their help and support with planting the Garden, and the City of Charlottetown for the Grant that assisted with obtaining with the plants for the Garden.

AGM 2021- Island Trails to join Friends of the Farm at the Haviland Club

Michael Salter, Chair of Island Trails will be the guest speaker at a public meeting of the Friends of the Farm on November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Haviland Club.

Mr. Salter will touch on the history as well as the ongoing challenges related to building and maintaining woodland trails and acting as an advocate for non-motorized transportation on our trails.  He will also speak to Island Trail’s latest and most ambitious initiative, the development of the  Island Walk, a 700 kilometre, 32 day walk around the whole of Prince Edward Island. This talk will be accompanied by a slide presentation.

The public is warmly invited to attend and to appreciate the remarkable achievements of this volunteer group.

Janice Simmons Award will be presented following Mr. Salter’s talk.This award is given annually by the Friends, in memory of  Janice Simmonds, to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the creation, protection, preservation or management of public green spaces.

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Farm will follow. The Friends welcome everyone interested to join this meeting. The mandate of the Friends of the Farm is to ensure that the 88 acres known as the Experimental Farm remain green for all to enjoy.
The gathering will follow CPHO guidelines. Masks are required as is evidence of double vaccination.

Awesome Volunteers

Recently two student groups were spotted cleaning up The Farm!

In this photo, Birchwood Junior High School students are cleaning up in memory of their late teacher, Josh Underhay.

The next day, students from The Mount Academy also did some cleanup.

Thank you to these schools and classes!

Polishing the Jewel

2021 Annual Clean up the Farm day – Everyone welcome

Friends of the Farm will again scour the fields and bushes and the trail that runs through the Experimental Farm on Saturday, May 8, 9 am on their annual Clean up the Farm day. We will gather behind Ravenwood.  

The Farm, 88 acres of splendid greenery, sits in the heart of our Capital City. Friends of the Farm (PEI) Inc, incorporated in 2004, is an association of volunteers concerned about the future use of that land within the City of Charlottetown commonly referred to as “The Experimental Farm”.

The “Friends” wish to see the land preserved as green space with the possible inclusion of such facilities as gardens of different kinds, an arboretum, walks, and agricultural demonstrations, for the use of the general public. 

The Friends invite and welcome anyone interested in becoming a member to join them. Please share our website Friendsofthefarmpei.ca

Building Partnerships: Exploring Nature On PEI

The Friends of the Farm recently held a special evening with guest speaker Dan McAskill.

Dan’s presentation was titled “Building Partnerships: Exploring Nature On PEI.” He began his talk by giving thanks to his many mentors, including Diane Griffin, Kathy Martin, Dr. Ian MacQuarrie, Professor Darryl Guignon, Rev Charlie Cheverie, Dr. Ed Johnson, Dr. Louis Hanic, Dr. Lawson Drake, JP Arsenault, Dr. Stephen Manley, Dr. Doug Sobey and Bill Glen, Geoff Hogan, Scott Makepeace, Dwayne Sabine, David Seeler, Dwaine, Oakley, Ray Cooke, Rosemary Curley, Joy and Cam Finlay and Harry Baglole.

He further outlined several decades of cooperative projects undertaken with Nature PEI, Island Nature Trust, Nature Canada, Hillsborough River Association, Hunters for Conservation, Bald Eagle Festival, Birds Canada and the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Following his presentation, Dan was presented with the Janice Simmonds Award. This award is given annually by the Friends of the Farm, in memory of Janice Simmonds, to an individual or group who have made a significant contribution to the creation, protection, preservation or management of public green spaces. Dan was thanked for his many years of outstanding work.

Nora Jenkins, President, gave the annual report.

The Friends of the Farm continue to be advocates to keep the land known as the Experimental Farm green. This land is owned by Agriculture Canada and is used for crop experimental purposes. The Board communicates with the local Agriculture Canada Manager who is responsible for the Farm. Permissions for requests however, come from Ottawa.

Projects that have been established are :

The Premier’s Grove,
Clean Up the Farm Day,
The Royal Crown Garden,
Public education and,
The Janice Simmonds Award.

The Friends of the Farm ( www.friendsofthefarm.ca ) is a group of volunteers who work on behalf of a large membership who wish to see the lands known as “The Experimental Farm” kept green in perpetuity

The members of the Board for 2020-2021

Nora Jenkins, Co-Chair,
Sharon Larter Co-Chair,
Libby Martin, Secretary,
Connie MacKay Carr, Treasurer,
Lane MacLaren,
Laura Lee Howard,
Catherine Hennessey,
Sylvia Poirier,
Linda Thomas,
Valerie Beer,
Lily Gillespie,
Frank Morrison and,
Steve Knechtel.

The New Crown Garden

The Crown Garden is planted with big thanks to Lane and Ron Richard of the Farm for their labour!

The Crown was made possible through funds provided by the City of Charlottetown and Friends of the Farm donors Bert Christie and Ardyth Smith.

2019 FARM CLEAN UP

Saturday May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Annual Farm Cleanup
Meet Behind Ravenwood House
Rain or Shine

Friends of the Farm will again scoured the fields and bushes and the trail that runs
through the Experimental Farm on Saturday, May 11, 9 am on their annual Clean up the
Farm day. Please gather behind Ravenwood.

The Farm, 88 acres of splendid greenery, sits in the heart of our Capital City. Friends of
the Farm (PEI) Inc, incorporated in 2004, is an association of volunteers concerned
about the future use of that land within the City of Charlottetown commonly referred to
as “The Experimental Farm”. The “Friends” wish to see the land preserved as green
space with the possible inclusion of such facilities as gardens of different kinds, an
arboretum, walks, and agricultural demonstrations, for the use of the general public.
The Friends invite and welcome anyone interested in becoming a member to join them.
Check out their website Friendsofthefarmpei.ca

Greetings to Friends of the Farm – 2019

FRIENDS OF THE FARM (PEI) ASSOCIATION

The Board of the Friends of the Farm continues to meet and to advocate for the lands of the Experimental Farm to remain green and for all to enjoy.  The Board has met this winter with the manager of the Farm and with the Mayor of the City of Charlottetown, Philip Brown.

It was the wish of the membership at the annual meeting in November that the Friends of the Farm continue to plant and maintain the Crown Garden on the Farm property.  This is with the agreement of Ag Canada and with the assistance of the staff of the Research Station on the Farm.

The Friends of the Farm supply the plants which the Board works hard to find the best possible price.  It is costly with the bill amounting to $900.00 for the plants. The plants are selected according to the pattern for the crown.  The planting is done by staff and the maintenance during the summer by Board members.

In order to continue with this project the Friends of the Farm requires donations.  Some members at the meeting offered to make a donation as they feel strongly that this tradition of the Crown garden should continue.

The Board would appreciate donations from the membership and others at this time so that we can plan to plant this spring.  Thank you.

Donations may be mailed to Friends of the Farm, PO Box 265, Stn Central, Charlottetown, C1A 7K4 or please contact any Board member.  Thank you!


The Board 2019:

Nora Jenkins, Chair;
Libby Martin, Secretary,
Connie MacKay-Carr, Treasurer,
Sharon Larter,
Valerie Beer,
Linda Thomas,
Catherine Hennesse,
Laura Lee Howard,
Sylvia Poirier,
Gertie Purdy,
Lane MacLaren.

AGM 07-11-2018

FRIENDS OF THE FARM (P.E.I.) INC.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7:00 P.M.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of the minutes November 7, 2017 AGM.
  4. Review of the years activities Lane MacLaren
  5. Financial Report Nora Jenkins, Treasurer
  6. Membership Report Gertie Purdy, Membership Chair
  7. Future of Crown Garden
  8. Nominating Committee Report
  9. Introduction of Guest Speaker Sharon Larter
    PEI Women’s Institute and the Roadside Cleanup Project
  10. Thank – you and presentation of Janice Simmonds Award Lane MacLaren
  11. Adjournment and refreshments

Minutes 2018 AGM