Last days of Common Roots at the QE site

Common Roots Urban Farm in Halifax on Sep 29, 2018
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2018 was the 7th season for the Common Roots Urban Farm which was “set up as a pilot project at Robie Street and Bell Road in 2012”. However, it’s their last season at that site, and we haven’t heard yet where it will be next year, just that it will be somewhere. I am guessing it will be one the old St. Pats Highschool site on Quinpool, only a few hundred meters away. At least that would be a good site for it with lots of sun.

It’s been a wonderful community resource and taught us all a lot, individually and as a community. Kudos to Jamie Melrose & Co.

View Common Roots Urban Farm looking for a new place to grow
By Meghan Groff, Apr 10, 2018 on Halifax Today

View Facebook page for Common Roots Urban Farm

Nov 5, 2018 on the Old St. Pat’s High School grounds – Is this the new site?

Update: Group wants former St. Patrick’s High School site to stay a public space
on Halifax Today, Nov 27, 2018

Group wants property to be green space
Francis Campbell in Chronicle Herald (print ed) Dec 18, 2018
Extract: “The old St. Patrick’s High School site should be preserved for urban farming and a public park. That school of thought spurred 700 signatories to petition Halifax regional council last week. “We want the space converted for public use, into a community garden and food forest,” said Omri Haiven, a former St. Pat’s student who is part of a grassroots group called the Quinpool Commoning Project. “Halifax is one of the most food insecure cities in Canada and that seems to be the solution — have gardens for people to grow their own food and to learn from each other and build community ties.”…The problem with the Commoning Project’s green-space aspirations is that the 1.3-hectare plot of land has in the past been estimated to be valued at $7 million…“We basically have 10 raised beds there right now. We just went ahead and did it. ”

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