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-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 and VIU’s Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program and Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op.
View a film about Five Acres farm: