Archive for November, 2007

Friends of Farm AGM Features Eminent Scientist

November 6, 2007


The Friends of the Farm is a non-profit volunteer organisation formed to protect the Charlottetown’s  agricultural research station property (also known as Ravenwood, The Experimental Farm and The Home Farm) from commercial development. [At one time, this property, like the Upton Farmlands, was in danger of being transferred to the Canada Lands Company and being developed for profit. However, unlike the Upton Farmlands, it has been retained by Agriculture Canada and the Friends are working hard to retain it for the pleasure and use of all residents].

The Friends’ AGM took place Nov. 13 and featured a lecture by Diana Beresford-Kroeger entitled “Island Trees, Island Treasures”. Beresford-Kroeger said: “PEI has the climate, the soils, and the inclination to grow a treasury of trees: the kinds of trees that beat the stock market and keep the Island solvent in a most interesting way ….”

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist and author specializing in classical botany and medical biochemistry. She is known for her captivating and well informed lectures and is the author of Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest and A Garden for Life, about growing gardens for pleasure which are also eco-friendly, which won the 2005 American National Arbor Day Foundation Media Award. Beresford-Kroeger has regularly contributed to, written for, or hosted programs on CBC radio, National Public Radio (USA) and CTV. She is a regular columnist for the Canadian magazines, Nature Canada, and Eco/Farm and Gardens, and the community newspaper, the Merrickville Phoenix. She continues to write and conduct research in her extensive private gardens at Merrickville, Ontario. A documentary film completed in 2007, about her life and her garden, will be broadcast in March 2008 in North America and Europe.

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“I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to preserving Upton Farm as Green Space,” Premier Robert Ghiz

November 5, 2007


 August 21, 2007

 Ms. Kirsten Connor
Upton Farm Preservation Network

Dear Mrs. Connor:

Thank you for your correspondence in which you outline the Upton Farm Preservation Network’s desire for our new government to address the issue of the future of the Upton Farm property. I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to preserving Upton Farmlands as Green Space.

As part of this commitment, we will look to establish a committee with representatives from all three levels of government and the Upton Farm Preservation Network with the goal of preserving the Upton Farm Lands for future generations..

I have written the Canada Lands Corporation and the City of Charlottetown seeking their agreement to a moratorium on any development and their active participation in setting up the above noted committee process.

Please be assured that the Upton Farm Preservation Network will be involved in this process as it unfolds.



Robert Ghiz
Premier of Prince Edward Island

 Premier Robert Ghiz gave his personal assurance in August that his government is committed to saving Upton Farm as Green Space. Why does the Canada Lands Company continue its quest to put a housing development that is clearly neither needed nor wanted by the community on this property when the province is clearly committed to keeping this land green and city of Charlottetown has asked the CLC to rescind its request to develop this property? One of CLC’s mandates is to “produce the best possible benefit for…local communities…” from the lands it manages for the Government of Canada. When will it live up to this mandate for the province of PEI? 

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