- RILEY SMITH
- Jayme Melrose, Common Roots Urban Farm's business developer stands in the farm's soon-to-be former home.
- The new location at Bi-Hi Park is currently underused green space. Members would access the farm from Bayers Road.
Halifax's community planning and economic development standing committee discussed the report on Thursday and passed the recommendations through to regional council. Councillor Lindell Smith says that for the committee to support Common Roots and “shows that we are willing to put our resources. I think shows that we do think about community development and engagement.”
Common Roots has also asked the city for help moving the remaining 90 plots that won’t fit at Bi-Hi Park. Angela Green, manager of recreational programming says the city is looking at integrating the plots with their 23 community gardens, nine of which are on the peninsula. It’s also recommended by the committee that council direct city staff help with the big move of the 90 plots to their future homes.
When it started in 2012 the original 42 plots were handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis, and in following years a waiting list was used to manage the plots. They were divided into community garden plots run by individuals, market garden plots which facilitated a cross-cultural learning centre and commons garden plots which were run by and for volunteers. Decisions haven’t been made yet on how the plots will be divided once the move happens but Melrose says they’ll be doing public consultations to help navigate the “complicated logistics” of this aspect of the move.
A crowd-funding campaign last fall successfully raised $10,000 which will go towards the
At the standing committee meeting
The deadline for the move
Editor's note: This story initially said the decision would be made at City Council on