- preserving a healthy heritage by keeping rural traditions in urban places -
The Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield (UFMSS) began in 1996 when Michele Raymond proposed to Mainland South Heritage Society the idea of having an active farm in Spryfield as a way to preserve the community's agricultural heritage. The idea sparked Pat Maclean and Marjorie Willison's interest and they along with Michele began diligently working on making this dream a reality. In 1998 the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield was formed.
During its formation UFMSS established its aims as a working 'farm' museum:
- To commemorate the agricultural heritage of Spryfield.
- To facilitate food production in the urban area
- To serve as an adjunct teaching venue for local schools in natural and social sciences, the arts, and family economics.
-To strengthen the traditional social fabric of Spryfield.Over time the society grew, acquiring the use of the 3-acres of traditional Kidston farm land through a partnership with Janet Kidston and her family. The society also began hosting a variety of interpretive programs, hands-on workshops, and demonstrations. UFMSS also have events like Seedy Saturday, Plant Sale, Evenings in the Garden, Natal Day Concert and Harvest Fair. As a volunteer group we strive to combine activity and learning in a community setting. The garden spaces are there to meet neighbors and make new friends. Everyone is welcome to join us.
For further information please check our Extra history page that has lots of good background information on our work and a host of links to our community partners.
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