Preserving Nanaimo's Historic Five Acre Farm: Balancing Parks, Housing, and Food Growing Potential

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Volunteers work to preserve Nanaimo's historic Five Acre Farm, which offers food, farming, and school programs to the community. The city is now considering the farm's future, aiming to balance the need for parks, housing, and food growing potential.

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Posted: Oct. 29, 2023 4:42PMPushing wheelbarrows full of mulch to bed down gardens for the winter on Nanaimo’s historic Five Acre Farm on Friday reconnects Wayne Addison Morgan to his hardworking ancestors like nothing else can.

In the 1800’s, benevolent company manager Samuel Robins developed and sold “five acre farms” to his miners to help them be self-sufficient and ride out downturns in the industry. The city purchased the farm to save it from development in 2019, and the five acres have remained rooted growing food and its wetlands protected. But in the midst of a housing crisis, Nanaimo is now considering the historic farm’s future, andto balance need for parks, housing and food growing potential.

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