|225/227 Second Avenue West is the proposed site for|
the Ecotrust led Kaien Island Demonstration Farm in Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert City Council received a tutorial on Urban Farming Monday night as representatives from Ecotrust Canada delivered a presentation on their plans for a project that would rejuvenate a parcel of land in the heart of the downtown area.
Charles Gerein and Alexie Stephens provided for the overview of the project to be known as the Kaien Island Demonstration Farm, a setup that would include a greenhouse, planters and other elements included for the location at 225/227 Second Avenue West, which once housed the old Farwest Bus Lines yard.
The project will also be a partnership of sorts with the Metlakatla First Nation providing the use of their land in the downtown core along with some of their knowledge to the program, which will include a network of workshops for local residents to participate in.
"Food security exists when all people, at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle and given our context here in Prince Rupert with Indigenous Nations within our community this food security definition also needs to include cultural and traditional foods as well " -- Alexie Stephens from Ecotrust providing the thumbnail sketch of the focus towards Food Security that the Urban Farm will provide.
During the course of his overview, Mr. Gerein provided for an overview of what the Farm will look like while also outlining their plans towards composting and how they will share that process with the community in hopes that they will take up the practice and share with the community.
"We are in the beginning stages of the construction on our urban farm in downtown Prince Rupert this will be on Second Avenue. Our lot is approximately 100 feet by 35 feet, it will be secured with a fence and then we are going to build several structures on there such as a Greenhouse, waist beds, low poly tunnel and a sheltered deck for a presentation area as well as a common area for people to gather and converse about growing food" -- Charles Gerein from Ecotrust with a snapshot of what the Urban Farm will look like