Space to Grow

Urban Farmers and Friends Get Growing to Green Up the Neighbourhood on Quinpool Road!

This year, edible flowers, herbs, and vegetables will replace decorative flowers and plants on the street.

Halifax NS, June 7, 2017: The Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association has partnered with Common Roots Urban Farm, RBC Quinpool & Oxford Branch, and Halifax Parks, Recreation and Communities to add some seasonal colour to pedestrian-friendly Quinpool Road. The new initiative, dubbed Space to Grow on Quinpool will see clusters of seasonal planters installed along the sidewalks of Quinpool Road.

Instead of the usual decorative varieties typically found on urban streetscapes, these planters will be filled with edible flowers, fresh herbs, and vegetables – including marigolds, nasturtia, dill, kale, red cabbage, and eggplant. The planters will be tended throughout the season by volunteers from Common Roots, who may also add some of their favourite varieties to the mix.

The program kicks off with a Planting Day from 9:30am to 3:30pm on Tuesday, June 13th at Common Roots Urban Farm, 1929 Robie Street (on the former site of Queen Elizabeth High).

Volunteers from Common Roots, Quinpool Road, and Halifax Parks, Recreation and Communities will be joined by staff from RBC Quinpool Branch, who have chosen this initiative as their 2017 Day of Service. Luckily for the volunteers, Quinpool’s Freeman’s Little New York will keep them well fed during the day.

The Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association was formed as a business improvement initiative in February, 2001 to actively promote and develop the potential of the Quinpool Road area. The Association represents over 120 businesses within the popular central Halifax district.