Space to Grow

For the second year in a row, edible flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit will replace decorative flowers and plants on the street.

Halifax NS, May, 28, 2018: The Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association has partnered with Common Roots Urban FarmRBC’s Digital Advice Centre, and the Halifax Regional Municipality to add some seasonal colour to pedestrian-friendly Quinpool Road. This season marks the second year for the initiative, dubbed Space to Grow on Quinpool, which will see clusters of seasonal planters installed along the sidewalks of Quinpool Road.

Instead of the usual decorative floral varieties typically found on urban streetscapes, these planters will be filled with edible flowers, fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit – including marigolds, nasturtiums, dill, tomatoes, beans, and strawberries. The planters will be tended throughout the season by volunteers from numerous businesses on Quinpool Road who have signed up to help green the street.

The program kicks off with a Planting Day from 9:30 am to 3:30p m on Thursday, May 31at Common Roots Urban Farm, 1929 Robie Street (on the former site of Queen Elizabeth High School).

“The program was such a great success last year that volunteers from Common Roots, Quinpool Road Businesses, HRM, and RBC have signed up again to plant and sponsor the 26 planters that will line Quinpool Road from Windsor to Beech Street” says Karla Nicholson, Executive Director of the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association. “Luckily for the volunteers, Quinpool’s Freeman’s Little New York will keep them well fed during the day”, she adds.

Equally excited about the program is Sara Burgess, Common Roots Urban Farm Coordinator, who states, “As we search for our new home, Common Roots is happy to be continuing our relationship with the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association, getting more fresh food out growing on the streets to beautify our neighbourhood.”

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.