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Letter to the Editor: Urban Training Farm concerns

Roots to Harvest and the Lakehead District School Board have partnered to create the first-ever Urban Training Farm in Thunder Bay on the grounds at the Lakehead Adult Education Centre.
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Volunteers help put together a raised bed at a community garden being constructed at Victoria Park (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com).

To the editor:

Roots to Harvest and the Lakehead District School Board have partnered to create the first-ever Urban Training Farm in Thunder Bay on the grounds at the Lakehead Adult Education Centre.

According to the director of education Ian Macrae, “It originally started as just a garden, but it has expanded into small animals, a beehive, and a rabbitry.”

I attended the deputation held at the Public School Board office on Tuesday and the news conference held on Wednesday at Victoria Park.

I believe the extreme tension was partially caused by the fact that the Lakehead School Board and Roots to Harvest were planning to build an urban farm on this property rather than a community garden.

The size of this farm has angered many residents in the area. These homeowners pay lots of taxes and the board needs to address their concerns.

David Jeynson