Harvest History


2011 Season

The 2011 growing season was the first season of development, breaking new ground, starting in late May, early June. Soil structure had to be established and was done by growing cover crops and laying compost. We even constructed a Chef's Garden shed on site, with the help of the tech teacher’s class at engineering and funding from Chartwells.

A small palette of vegetables was produced by the Chef’s Garden and a large portion of food was recouped from around campus. The total amount of produce provided to the kitchen through the 2011 growing season came to approximately 10,000 lbs.

The 2011 growing season was implemented by the Chef’s Garden Apprentice, Jody Waterfield, who worked from July to August 2011, and Blane Finnie. We were also fortunate enough to have had just over 20 hours of volunteer help, primarily from the community garden members.

Harvest Details for 2011

Chef’s Garden Produce:
  • 220 lbs of mixed vegetables
  • 262 lbs of carrots
  • 3028.5 lbs of potatoes
Brookside OACC Research Plots Produce:
  • 5089.61 lbs of potatoes
Demonstration Garden Carrot Plots for Spacing Lab:
  • 1045.75 lbs of carrots
Orchard excess fruit production:
  • 64.5 lbs of strawberries
  • 57 lbs of apples
Partner fruit researchers at Kentville Research Station:
  • 152 lbs of apples
  • 235 lbs of pears

Donations to the food bank include:

  • 806.77 lbs of potatoes mostly from Brookside research potatoes.
  • 465 lbs of carrots mostly from demonstration garden carrots.

Community Garden (Not directly administered by the Chef’s Garden):

  • 660 lbs of mixed veg donated to the Truro Food Bank
  • Over fifty plots, manned by over 60 people, producing their own food.
  • Includes a seed saving initiative, herb spiral and various perennial and fruit crops.
  • Has plots and gives guidance to the Daycare and École Acadienne de Truro.

Practical facts relating to these harvests:

  • During the 2011 growing season, the Chef’s Garden provided food to Chartwells from June 30, 2011 to 5 April, 2012. That’s 10 months of product.
  • In total this worked out to about $2662.00 of recuperated costs.