Urban farm celebrates 15th birthday, highlights from 2010

Excerpts from the Urban Farm Newsletter from December 2010:

The Urban Farm will celebrate its 15th birthday in 2011. Congratulations to all members, volunteers, and friends of the farm.

The “Come Grow With Us” program at the Urban Farm for
2011 now has its own garden space. The space is currently outlined by logs which will be replaced by 6x6 beams, and a seated arbour will also be added.

Two fawn deer were born the first week of June near the Urban Farm. The mother deer visited the Urban Farm but deer tape kept her out of the garden.

The total vegetable sales were higher this year than
in previous years. Lettuce, swiss chard, potatoes, garlic, beans, cucumbers, and peas were popular sellers.

Important Urban Farm Events for 2011:

Seedy Saturday-Saturday April 2nd from 2 to 4 pm,
Captain William Spry Community Centre

Plant Sale-Saturday May 28th, 10:00 to 12:00 noon,
Captain William Spry Centre

UFMSS 15th Birthday Party-Saturday June 11th, 2
to 4 pm at Urban Farm. (If raining, we will relocate
to Captain William Spry Community Centre).

Annual General Meeting-Monday June 13th, 7 pm,
Captain William Spry Community Centre

Evening in the Garden-Tuesday July 12th, 6:30 to
8:00pm, Urban Farm

Evening in the Garden-Tuesday August 16th, 6:30
to 8:00 pm, Urban Farm

Harvest Fair-Saturday, September 10th,
2 to 4 pm, Urban Farm. Rain date September 11th

The Urban Farm is also sending out a reminder that it is the time of year to renew membership and/or become a new member/volunteer. Membership prices:

$10.00 adult, $5.00 student/senior, $15.00 family
and $25.00 for a group or classroom.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of
each month, 7 pm at the Capt. William Spry Com-
munity Centre, 10 Kidston Road in Spryfield.

The Urban Farm is located through the
“Heritage Gate” located on Rockingstone Road near
the corner of Ardwell Avenue, Spryfield.

Teen mental health expert to answer parents' questions

Dr. Stan Kutcher will offer an informal chat session on adolescent Mental Health issues in Spryfield. He will take questions on parenting teens on topics including:
Behaviour Issues * Peer Pressure * Drugs & Alcohol
Self Esteem * Depression/Anxiety*Setting Boundaries
And more...

Dr. Kutcher is the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health at the IWK.
For more information on this free program, call: 490-5809

Event takes place at the Captain William Spry Public Library,Shared Program Room
Wednesday, February 9 7pm

Find more information on Dr Kutcher here:

Coyote attack in Urban Farm area: Chronicle Herald

The Saturday, Jan 22 Chronicle Herald is reporting a coyote attack in the Urban Farm area. A Nova Scotia Power meter reader says that he encountered two pups and a mother coyote. The mother coyote bit the man's sleeve but he was uninjured. A passerby with a dog helped to chase the coyote away. The attack occurred on Friday morning. The Herald says that this is the first reported coyote attack in the metro area.

Gathering of all church groups in Spryfield to take place this weekend

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service taking place Sunday, January 23rd, 7pm at The Salvation Army Spryfield Community Church, 328 Herring Cove Road. All the churches in Spryfield and surrounding areas will be gathering together to celebrate this year's theme: "One in the Apostles' Teaching". Refreshments to follow.

Fundraiser to help autistic girl receive speech therapy continues

Hi everyone, and happy new year!

Today I ran into Leslie Bleil, one of the ladies who is organizing a fundraiser for Keisha Bedford, a young Spryfield girl with autism, who cannot speak. Keisha just started primary last year and she needs speech therapy, which is very expensive.

I told you a bit about Keisha last year, when fundraisers were beginning. Leslie told me that the fundraisers continue and they've raised about $3,500.

A series of Zumba classes will be the next event.
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