NS: Taking 'eat local' one step further

Kate Watson
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Urban farmer Jean Snow. DARRELL OAKE

[DARTMOUTH, NS] - Urban farmer Jean Snow knows a thing or two about produce.

For the past three years, she has owned and operated Lake City Farm, a Dartmouth-based business that uses SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) farming practices to grow vegetables and herbs in suburban backyards. She sells her produce at the Dartmouth market and through the CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) box program, as well as to local restaurants.

But this year, Snow is also looking to make her gardening expertise available to homeowners who want the beauty and bounty of a garden without the work.

The program is called “Your Garden Harvest”, and Snow describes her role as being like a landscaper, only with food.

“Everyone knows that “eat local” is a huge movement, and I think this just takes it one step further,” says Snow. “I want to provide a service for people who would like to grow some of their own food but who may have time or physical constraints that make that impossible. And the options I provide offer a really pleasant gardening experience.”

For a start-up and maintenance fee, Snow and her apprentice Natalie will create, plant, maintain and harvest the customer’s garden. There is a wide variety of vegetables and herbs offered, and there are options to fit different needs and budgets.

“As long as the plot has the required amount of sunshine, we can work with pretty much any space, even balconies,” Snow explains. “We can create a colourful backyard room by planting things like marigolds and nasturtiums among the vegetables, or we can go for the maximum yield. We’re very, very flexible.”

Customers may also choose to have the garden installed, and then take over the weeding and harvesting themselves.

Snow is passionate about the environment, and uses green practices such as installing water-saving drip irrigation and forgoing pesticides and herbicides.

As another part of the Your Garden Harvest program, Snow will be working with students at the Inglis Street School in Halifax to help them to plant, tend and harvest their onsite garden.

“This kind of gardening is just a really great way to involve kids in their community from the ground up.”

For more information call 461-0260 or visit www.lakecityfarm.com

Organizations: Community-Supported Agriculture, Garden Harvest, Halifax News Inglis Street School

Geographic location: DARTMOUTH, Halifax

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