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.

Come fly a Kite – Sunday, October 23

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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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.

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.



Experimental Farm Clean up

y May 14, 2016, 9 a.m.
Rain or Shine
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.


Feel free to post this at your favorite places. FarmCleanUp2016

Minutes – September 8, 2015

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