Urban Teaching Farm Project

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June 2017 - the fields are trying to recover from a rough plough job late in 2016. No one can say that our soil isn't productive - look at that greenery!


November 2017 - after some light tillage and a full season of cover cropping, we have built permanent raised garden beds and have added compost in preparation for planting next spring!

July 6, 2017 – 1/4 acre of the tilled soil was covered by tarps to suppress unwanted weed and grass growth before building the row beds.   The remaining tilled soil was planted with a “green manure” cover crop to retain and enhance the exposed soil.

Building the Rows

October 20, 2017 - Bed shaping using a BCS walk-behind tractor.

Adding Compost

November 12, 2017 - Adding compost to the built beds.

Heave Ho!

November 12, 2017 - All hands (and paws!) on deck to cover the finished beds for winter.

Happy Cover Crop

November 12, 2017 - Oil radish is just part of the mixed 'winter-kill' cover crop planted to do its magic under the snow.

Since June 2016, NB Community Harvest Gardens has been actively engaged in a comprehensive and collaborative feasibility study around the development of an Urban Teaching Farm (UTF) in Fredericton.  Results of this feasibility study, bolstered by the province’s recently released Climate Change Action PlanLocal Food & Beverage Strategy, and the Economic Growth Development Plan, show there is an appetite and a will for a Regenerative Farming Certificate (RFC) program in our region.

The UTF’s full-time seasonal program will be the first of its kind in New Brunswick to offer comprehensive & formal regenerative agricultural training that is both hands-on & business-based – see our curriculum outline.   We’ve set an ambitious target too – with a soft launch of the program planned for Spring 2018.

Want more information on the benefits of regenerative organic farming?  See Rodale Institute’s White Paper on Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change.

With the project’s continued focus on the green job economy, we look forward to proceeding with the development of an Urban Teaching Farm in Fredericton, NB with continued support our funding partners & other community supporters.

Need more information or want to help?  Contact Claire May at  hayesteachingfarm@gmail.com or check us out on Facebook