Farm Notes - January 2020

Happy New Year!

We hope 2020 brings you the warmth of love 
and a light to guide you towards a positive destination.  

Winter Newsletter 

Our  Winter 2020 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.
The Main Lawn at the Farm, which extends from the William Saunders Building to the Driveway,
has played a significant role in the Farm's history. In this winter's newsletter, Patricia Jasen
writes about the garden parties, community events, and research functions that have occurred
there and about how this Farm treasure has changed over the years. Not only is it an important
part of the physical and cultural landscape but, she writes, "it is also a lovely place to visit."
One of the original trees planted in the late 1800s to beautify the Main Lawn area was a
Norway Spruce, which was struck by lightning in 2004. It had to be cut down, but a cross-
section of the tree was kept and stored. Bryan Cook tells us how he turned this slab into a
beautiful piece of furniture.

We meet Bill Collins, whose 42 years of ground-breaking research at Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada has resulted in 46 patents. Among his successful achievements, Dr. Collins co-registered
the world's first truly naked oat. We also meet W.E. Saunders, one of the sons of the first
director of the Farm, William Saunders. While W.E.'s passion was for birds, he was also a keen

After the October book drop off, volunteer sorters in Building 72 are going through hundreds of
boxes of books in preparation for this year's sale. Diane Roeske tells us about the Friends' book
project. And, among other items, we meet some of the members of the 2019 Heritage Rose
Garden volunteer team.
'River Table' by Bryan Cook

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 2020 event  l ine up please visit the Friends of the Farm website.  

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 volunteers such as  Lynn Culhane 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.

 A Special Gift for Christmas  

Friends of the Farm presents Blooms, a book about the Central Experimental Farm's Ornamental Gardens,  the heritage plants in the Gardens, and the fascinating stories behind their creation.

By local author, Richard Hinchcliff, this book makes a great gift for the lover of history and horticulture. Cost is $35 plus 5% GST. Take a  peek inside for a preview. 

How do you get a copy?  Come to the Friends office in Building 72 on   Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,  purchase with cash, cheque, or credit card, and take your book home!  Or purchase it online on our website with a credit card and pick up at the Friends' office in Building 72, or have it shipped to a location of your choice (shipping extra) .

Two other wonderful books are available for purchase in the BoutiqueFor the Love of Trees and Ottawa's Farm. Each is priced at $25 (+ 5% GST). Need more information? Call 613-230-3276 or  e mail