The Farm has over 1 km of waterfront of waterfront, the place where the land meets the water. This area is the most ecologically important and usually supports the greatest diversity of animal and plant life. The waterfront draws people for spiritual and physical refreshment. It is called “the ribbon of life” for a good reason.
Save agricultural land
The Farm has been a small-scale farming operation for decades. Continuing to grow food on the Farm will contribute to food security in Kingston. We need to produce as much food as we can close to where we live.
Connect existing conserved lands
The Farm is “book-ended” by two adjacent open-space waterfront areas, the 337-acre Lemoine Point Conservation Area to the north and the 19-acre city-owned Weatherall waterfront fields to the east. Adding the 82 acres of the Farm will create 438 acres of conserved land within the City of Kingston.
Models for the importance of large-naturalized parks within urban areas:
High Park, Toronto = 398 acres
Stanley Park, Vancouver = 1,001 acres
Central Park, New York City = 843 acres
Protect biodiversity and species at risk
It is in everyone’s interests to support biodiversity by providing habitat for common species and species that scientists have identified as most vulnerable to extinction. Twenty-three species of conservation concern have already been identified in the Lemoine Point area. The Farm habitats need to be protected.
Several at-risk bird species rely on an ever-shrinking availability of grasslands to survive. The farm has for years provided acres of farmed grasslands that have allowed these species, including the bobolink and the meadowlark, to flourish.
Mitigate climate change impacts
Temperatures are rising. Extreme weather events are becoming more common. We need to conserve natural areas within the city to protect us from the harshest consequences of climate change.
Promote community wellness
Green spaces are vital to our physical, mental, and spiritual health. We need nature.
This is the 3-30-300 rule for healthy cities:
Honour Indigenous roots
Photo of hay bale laden truck courtesy of Andrée Thorpe Photography.