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Web-Extra (December 11, 2014): Give to the Farm; and “Own” a Piece of Farm History.

Web-Extra (December 11, 2014): Give to the Farm;
and “Own” a Piece of Farm History.

By Friends of the Farm.

Tobogganing through the Arboretum on a frosty winter day. Enjoying a leisurely walk with the dog on the farm. Picnicking under a shady tree and photographing loved ones. These are three of the ten favourite things to do at the Farm. Its a treasured green space and a national historic gem.

Many Ottawans and tourists alike have special memories of the Central Experimental Farm in the heart of the City. But most people who visit the Farm aren’t aware that a group of volunteers have a hand in the making of those memories.

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm is a volunteer charitable organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to help preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and Shelter Belt. It exists to promote the Farm’s historical significance and heritage value.

From May to October, you’ll find these Friends outdoors, gardening tools in hand, under the expert guidance of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada staff. These volunteers maintain and enhance these public areas for the enjoyment and appreciation of all visitors.

Collectively they average 10,000 volunteer hours annually which translates to an impressive quarter of a million dollars in the paid workforce.

The Friends have many significant projects to their credit; – Building a hosta garden, Purchasing GPS equipment for the plant database, Publishing the bestselling books For the Love of Trees and Ottawa’s Farm. Also; Building or restoring the rose, Explorer rose, peony, lilac and Preston heritage lilac gardens under AAFC departmental staff.

They depend on memberships and donations to fund ongoing activities, and hope to broaden support among Ottawans who love the Farm and recognize its unique agricultural legacy in the heart of the City.

Until the end of the year, donation and membership packages have the offer of a special gift in return. This gift is a set of six watercolour prints of heritage buildings at the Farm by artist Richard Raycraft. Approximately 30 heritage buildings still dot the Farm, many of them an architectural delight and big draw for visitors to see.

Each one has its own story related to experiments that brought agricultural prosperity for Canada or the scientists at the Farm who earned international acclaim.

It’s the perfect opportunity to have a visual piece of the Central Experimental Farm for your own. In the process you help protect and enhance this treasured green space. Your gift will help promote its historical significance and heritage values for generations of memories to come.

For information: Kate Harrigan http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca , 613-230-3276 or info@friendsofthefarm.ca
nice long wide toboggan run with trees to the side in use on a brilliant winter day
Photo Caption:: Tobogganing through the Arboretum on a frosty winter day, just 1 favourite activity Ottawan enjoy having the Central Experimental Farm nearby. Photo provided by the Friends of the Farm.

About the Friends of the Farm:

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm
Building 72, Arboretum, CEF
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Tel: 613-230-3276
Fax: 613-230-1238
www.friendsofthefarm.ca
Charitable Number 118913565RR0001

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens, and other public areas of the Farm, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, for the educational benefit and enjoyment of the public; and promote the Farm’s historical significance and heritage values.

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