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.
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
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.