The Five Acre Farm in the Harewood area of Nanaimo has a long history of producing local food. It’s one of the last intact farms in B.C.’s first planned agricultural community. Photo submitted

Food security film and discussion

World Community’s film series continues Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre.

As California farmers struggle with drought and other impacts of climate change, our ability to grow and access local food is becoming more important every year.

World Community’s film series continues Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College with the film Five Acres (30 min.) followed by a panel discussion with one of the filmmakers and local food activists from Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.

The Five Acre Farm in the Harewood area of Nanaimo has a long history of producing local food. It’s one of the last intact farms in B.C.’s first planned agricultural community.

The history and future of this innovative agricultural project are portrayed in the film Five Acres, by Paul Manly and Laurie McMillan.

Manley comments “Through its important work on urban farming, restorative agriculture projects and employment skills training, Nanaimo Foodshare Society is helping build a healthy, sustainable and local food system while providing an inclusive work environment for individuals from vulnerable populations.”

Samuel Robins, superintendent of the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company had some visionary ideas. In 1884, Robbins purchased Harewood Estates, a large parcel of land between Nanaimo and the base of Mount Benson. He subdivided the area into five-acre lots and made them available to mining families as homesteads at affordable prices.

“I love what is happening with Nanaimo Foodshare Society, our sister Island Food Hub, the City of Nanaimo and the five-acre farm. There is a lot to learn from this collaborative model of urban farming and community food security,” says Maurita Prato, executive director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society.

Admission is by donation.

FMI: Janet (250) 337-5412

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