The Pulse: April 5, 2024

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  • 3°C: Snow ending near noon then cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. High plus 3. Wind chill minus 6 in the morning. UV index 2 or low. (forecast)
  • Green/Blue: The High Level Bridge will be lit green and blue for International OCNDS Awareness Day. (details)
  • 7pm: The Edmonton Oilers (45-24-5) host the Colorado Avalanche (47-22-6) at Rogers Place. (details)
  • 8pm, April 6: The Oilers (45-24-5) play the Calgary Flames (34-35-5) at Scotiabank Saddledome. (details)

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Edmonton Urban Farm on the move at Exhibition Lands

By Colin Gallant

The Edmonton Urban Farm is tentatively being relocated to a spot east of Borden Park on the Exhibition Lands, as its current home is set to be redeveloped into housing.

"We've landed on a new proposed location," the city's project lead for redeveloping the Exhibition Lands, Lovey Grewal, told Taproot. "It's definitely a positive for us that farmers won't have to make big changes to the locations of their plots."

Grewal would not share the precise location of the tentative new site, but said it is on the east end of Exhibition Lands in the "direct vicinity" of Borden Park. Selecting where the farm might go has involved engagement with stakeholders like Explore Edmonton, and urban farmers. Engagement continues as the new location still requires city approval. The move is tentatively scheduled to happen between the 2024 and 2025 growing seasons.

"The feedback revolved around making sure that the area of the new farm was suitable, and similar like-for-like area, as far as acreage goes," Grewal said. "It's not a community garden. It's a true urban farm."

Grewal said the existing site, next to the East Edmonton Health Centre, will be redeveloped to include up to six-storey housing, as well as single-family homes, townhouses, and row houses. The entirety of the redevelopment will take "20-plus years" to complete, he said.

Dustin Bajer, an urban farmer and beekeeper who has a plot at the farm, told Taproot he's sad to see it move, though he always knew it was a temporary location.

"The farm has been in operation for 10 years, and it looks very different than it did in year five and year one," Bajer said. "I know that a new site will also take time to develop."

Bajer hasn't decided if he'll follow the farm to its new home.

"I'm at this point where I'm looking at other alternatives, because I feel like I can take the lessons that I've learned there and bring that to vacant lots in my neighbourhood of McCauley, as an example," he said. "I would not have been able to do that when I first started at the Edmonton Urban Farm."

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Happenings: April 5-7, 2024

By Debbi Serafinchon

Here are some events happening this weekend in the Edmonton area.

And here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

Visit the beta version of the Taproot Edmonton Calendar for many more events in the Edmonton region.