A couple of weeks ago, when I was walking past the Northlands Urban Farm, I saw a woman leaving the farm with flowers peaking out from the top of her backpack. I asked her about the farm and if she had her own allotment; she explained that it was a shared community project.
I wasn’t quite sure what that meant in terms of who does the work and who reaps the rewards, so I checked it out online. I looked at several pages on the website, but I could not find out how the farm work is divided up or who takes home the flowers and vegetables. So, that remains a mystery. Regardless, it is an impressive accomplishment.
The farm is described as a “home to a flock of hens, a hive of honey bees, an innovative vegetable and herb farm, a tree nursery, a pollinator patch, a worm compost, and solitary bee hotels.” It also “provides a rich learning environment for students learning about food, science and biology.”
I had missed by a few days the opportunity to go to the open house, but when I was walking by on Friday I saw that the gate was open. I wandered in and asked the first people I saw if I could take a few pictures, and they said they thought that would be OK.
There were a few people working at various locations within the farm, lots of cabbage white butterflies doing whatever butterflies do, and bees busily pollinating. I’m glad I took the time to walk around. I was able to see how much work had gone into it and guess at how many people it took to make it happen.
It was also good to see how successful they had been. The tomatoes were a week or two away from being ready to pick, the sunflowers were huge, and the rows and rows of carrots would provide for a lot of families. I’m not sure what else was growing there, but it all looked good to me.