Madrona Farm buyout nears deadline

March 27, 2010 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

An article I wrote for Vibrant Victoria.

Madrona Farm buyout nears deadline

Madrona Farm is a few days away from the end of a $2.5 million fundraising campaign aimed at purchasing the property. If all goes according to plan, the Land Convervancy will own the farm which will in turn be leased back to the Chambers. This, claims Nathalie, is the best way of securing the farm’s future as an ecological reserve and agricultural food source, going beyond mere inclusion in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Chambers cites examples of local ALR farmland used as hobby farms, “gentlemen farms” and vineyards; large estates with little, if any food production.

The farm, a 12-minute drive from Downtown Victoria, is one of the few remaining working farms left in Gordon Head, a Saanich neighbourhood that
has been extensively developed with single-family homes over the past half-century (aerial photo).

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Entry filed under: Environmental, media, Victoria's economy.

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