In light of the reported squabbling about the fate of the Experimental Farm in Charlottetown, I’m happy to release my own suggestion for the future of the farm: leave it as it is.
As I learned at the farm’s open house last month, most of the land is currently being used for demonstration crops: if you look carefully on the Belvedere Avenue side of the farm, for example, you can see signs that label the different wheat varieties.
I think this is a good thing: it’s good to have active agriculture happening in full view of urban Islanders. Not only is it good to be exposed to the source of our food, but it’s also an important connection between the urban and rural aspects of Island society.
So forget the convention centres, fire stations, the English country gardens and the “green space” and just leave the farm as, well, a farm.