The project is lead by Karen Murchison of the Queen St Commons and her partners at the Murphy Community Centre (Where most of the “Farm” will be) The City of Charlottetown, Cycle PEI, Holland College and the Food bank and Soup Kitchen in Charlottetown
It’s a tiny project but has huge potential to make PEI more sustainable. If you want to make a difference that please help. Your help can be a few dollars or a donation of stuff.
Or you can help with stuff like this:
Here is how I see this project and why I am backing them and why if you care for the future of PEI, you might help too.
It starts often like this – with a community using a barren public space to grow food as a demo. The idea is to inspire us to think differently about the urban landscape. No longer only grass, concrete and isolated trees. When we see this in downtown Charlottetown, we can imagine how different our street could be.
This is not simply a new esthetic either. In World War II 40% of the food eaten was grown by people at home – most in cities.
At the heart of this is the food and the health crisis. By making urban farming – which uses very small spaces and high intensity – important we all learn how to grow our own food. This Saturday there is a workshop on this. We meet our neigbours in a new way. We are more active and we have better nutrition.
We start to escape the trap of being dependent on Factory Food. The Food Bank becomes a hub of a network of people who help each other grow food and cook food. Growing food and making meals return as skills that most of us have lost.
This is big – isn’t it? And you only have to make a small step to help.
We start this weekend!