Farm Notes - January 2019

Happy New Year!

May the year 2019 bring you warmth of love, and a light to guide your path towards a positive destination.  

Winter Newsletter 

Our  Winter 2019 issue of the Friends of the  Farm newsletter is now available on the  Friends' website.  Hard copies will go out soon to those who indicated they wish to receive the newsletter by mail.
In this newsletter, Roman Popadiouk discusses how trees grow in different environments, and regrow after severe damage. While the Arboretum provides many examples of how trees perform, Polly McColl reports on the tree planting experience at the Merivale Shelterbelt.
What trees exist in our landscape? How can we help track species and varieties? 

A tour of the Arboretum is described that provided valuable lessons in observing and identifying, and posting data. Also, find out about the large number of moths that can be spotted at night in the Arboretum with an experienced guide.

Among other items, we are introduced to two young men who volunteered with the Friends in 2018 and we meet Annie Saunders, one of the earliest residents on the Farm, daughter of the first director.

New Winter Office Hours

As of December 1st until April 1st the new office hours for the Friends of the Farm will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-2pm.

FCEF Annual Events

Every year the Friends offer a variety of fundraising events on the Farm, and participate in other Farm events.   There's something for everyone!  To view our 2019 event  l ine up please visit the Friends of the Farm website.  

30 Years Ago at the Farm

From our archives comes this photo of a sleigh ride that was provided by the Friends of the Farm in January 1989. The sleighs were pulled by horses from the Farm. Over 500 people enjoyed the rides on a perfect day.

Call for Volunteers

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are looking for people who are interested in finding new ways to support and enhance the Farm's beautiful areas.   You could play one of several different roles, depending on which is the best fit for your skills.  Coordinating or finding new directions for events on the Farm, finding ways to attract resources or grants that will enable site enhancements, helping to better educate and inform people about this historic site, or getting the best out of our website and social media are some of the areas of expertise we are looking for. Let's talk and see what will work.   Prerequisites: a love of the Farm.  For more information please call 613-230-3276 or email 

New Selection of Greeting Cards
Featuring botanical artwork

The Friends have a new selection of 12 greeting cards with images from Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm featuring botanical and ornamental  artwork.  Six of the cards feature the botanical artwork of Faith Fyles and Arthur Kellett.  The other six cards feature photographs of the Ornamental Gardens.   The cards are $4 each or $20 for 6 and are only available to purchase at Bldg 72 Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 2pm. 

Volunteer Spotlight  
Over 10,000 hours donated each year

Did you know that Friends' volunteers donate over 10,000 hours every year  to support its mission and activities? Every month a different volunteer is highlighted on the Friends website. We invite you to read the stories of our volunteers such as  Michel Girard our Volunteer of the Month

Previous spotlights are also listed.  Each volunteer has an interesting story to tell and a unique connection and commitment to the Farm. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by the entire community! Thank you.