Urban Farms Program

Our urban farm programs provide local food, agriculture knowledge and educational and employment opportunities to people in our community.

Nanaimo Foodshare Society has collaborated with Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op on urban farming initiatives since 2007.

Nanaimo Foodshare Society has two urban farming locations. The Five Acre Farm in Harewood is one of the last intact parcels of BC’s first planned agricultural community. Our second farm is a 2-acre plot at the 47-acre Cline Agri-Health Centre near Westwood Lake. Established in 1864, this is the oldest farm in the Nanaimo region.

Our urban farming initiatives:

  • Grow for the Good Food Box program so that low-moderate income people in Nanaimo have access to more local, organic vegetables;
  • Improve food security in Nanaimo and the region by growing more local food and teaching people the skills to grow food for themselves and others in the community; and
  • Increase employment and volunteer opportunities for those with diverse abilities, via our Cultivating Abilities program, Homegrown program, VIU’s Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program and Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for our 2021 growing season. Please email sabrina.anderson@nanaimofoodshare.ca if you would like to volunteer.

Five Acres Farm Update

In September 2019, the City of Nanaimo announced it would purchase the Five Acres Farm and permit Nanaimo Foodshare to use a portion of the land to grow food. We now have an agreement in place with the City to operate the farm, and funds are being held in trust until we can complete community consultation around plans for a new Centre for Food Security & Sustainability. Read our latest update.

View a film about Five Acres farm: