Idea

Everdale Environmental Learning Centre

David Messer Guelph Smart City Office • 16 November 2020
Shelldale Farm Park

Shelldale Farm Park is an innovative urban agriculture project located at Shelldale Community Centre in the Onward Willow neighbourhood of Guelph.

Activities:

Grow fresh crops using productive and simple technology, equipment, and systems, while achieving the highest possible crop yields per square meter.

Engage and support low-income community members to:
- grow and prepare the crops above, and distribute the food to other low-income community members

Build community resilience and food security by:
- putting community members at the centre of everything we do
- measuring the impact that we have on food insecurity
- monitoring and improving everything we do at the Farm Park

The Farm Park facilities will include:
- Four-season commercial greenhouse
- Outdoor raised beds and micro-fields
- Year-round hydroponic growing container
- Rooftop apiary
- Green wall
- Food forest
- Community Kitchen
- Outdoor pavilion

Community Impact:

Shelldale Farm Park matters because it will:

Enhance Guelph-Wellington’s capacity to:

  • produce more food utilizing best practices in urban agriculture
  • build a community food system where we source our food from an intelligent mix of sources - urban-local, rural-local, and imported

Enhance the capacity of individual community members to:

  • access productive food-growing spaces
  • learn from other community members and share their food skills with others (e.g.one-to-one mentoring, formal and informal workshops)
  • grow food in a way that reduces food insecurity for themselves and others
  • contribute to community-wide change that leads to food security

Measurable Benefits:

  • Total value of crops grown each year by Farm Park participants for food-insecure community members: $130,000 Shelldale Farm Park, $10,000 Guelph Youth Farm, $50,000 Everdale Farm.
  • Community engagement – people/year: 450 food-growing, 1,200 other Farm Park programs, 4,000 receiving food grown at the Farm Park.