Five Acres Farm Tours

An urban farms partnership with the City of Nanaimo and Growing Opportunities to provide local food, agriculture knowledge and educational and employment opportunities to people in our community.

The Five Acres Farm, located at 945 Park Ave is one of the last intact parcels of BC’s first planned agricultural community.  Nanaimo Foodshare is excited to use this green space as an urban farm as well as out door community classroom space for many of its programs.

We are now offering group tours of the Five Acres Farm! Experience growing food on an urban farm. Get hands-on practice with food growing skills and fun ecological activities. Weekly, monthly, seasonal, and individual visits highlight the various cycles of growing.

 

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  • The Five Acres Farm Project includes:
  • Growing 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 disabilites, via our Cultivating Abilities program, Homegrown program, E.A.T (Everyone At the Table) program.

Nanaimo Foodshare partners with Growing Opportunities Farm Community Co-op to grow and harvest the produce grown.

Interested in Volunteering?

Please email growingopportunities@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer at the farm.

Five Acres Farm Update

The City of Nanaimo hosted the Park Ave Park collective visioning event in mid-Aug where neighbours and stakeholders discussed: Protection of the Natural Environment, Recreation, Food Security, Affordable Housing, Connectivity and Education as they could be incorporated on the entire Five Acres site (we currently farm on 0.7 of an Acre of the full parcel). The outcomes will be available at City of Nanaimo’s  Park Avenue Park Concept Plan

Explore the history and significance of this Five Acres Farm in a 30min documentary film  directed by Paul Manly and Laurie MacMillan

Questions?

Email jennie.wharton@nanaimofoodshare.ca or call the office at 250 753 9393

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