Edmonton Urban Farm continues to grow
After a year of significant expansion, the Edmonton Urban Farm continues to grow, as the staff plans to add infrastructure, further diversify its farming community and regularly open its doors to the public.
Established in 2014, the Edmonton Urban Farm is comprised of two acres at 113 Avenue and 79 Street. In addition to the garden plots, it also houses a beehive and six laying hens. The farm’s goal is to connect people to food and agriculture in the city, said Jessie Radies, director of Explore Edmonton.
“The Urban Farm is a community hub for urban agriculture, education and sustainability,” Radies told Taproot. “It’s also a thriving example of how excess urban land can be used to build connections and improve local food security.”
For the first time, the Urban Farm will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday until October 8. Visitors can opt for a self-guided walk or participate in scheduled activities.
With the dissolution of Northlands in 2021, Explore Edmonton took over management of the city farm. That same year, the farm doubled in size thanks to grants from the United Way and the Butler Family Foundation. Last month, Prairie Economic Development Canada announced the Urban Farm would receive nearly $100,000 to further enhance the property.
“This project encompasses the expansion that occurred last year, which enlarged the urban farm by 30,000 square feet,” Radies said. “It will also allow us to add infrastructure to extend our growing season and provide a shaded area for visitors to protect themselves from the heat and rain.”
The Urban Farm allocates plots to partner community groups, and this year it will involve more than 300 people from 20 different groups, including Confidence for the return, Right at Home Housing Corporationand the MacEwan University Student Union. Many newcomers to Canada have been introduced to the farm by Multicultural Health Brokerssaid Patty Milligan, agricultural education specialist.
“Some are experienced gardeners or farmers, some are brand new to gardening in general, and some are brand new to gardening in Alberta,” Milligan said. “We will help gardeners become familiar with the unique requirements of Alberta’s climate.”