Back to Our Roots Urban Farm Launches May 30th

Officially launching May 30th, the Back to Our Roots Urban Farm will build on the Nova Scotia Hospital’s rich history of incorporating farming into therapy, foodservice, and site landscape, as far back as 1858 and as recently as the 1980s.

The urban farm will span the waterfront alongside the (current) Purdy Building. The Back to Our Roots Steering Committee has been working over the past several months to lay the groundwork for the successful edible landscape. The Steering Committee continues to grow as a partnership between the Nova Scotia Hospital and Nova Scotia Health Authority, Common Roots Halifax, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, NSCC Waterfront Campus, and the city of Dartmouth.

The May 30th launch event features a “Bring Your Own Picnic” on the site as oxen are brought in to plow the soil and begin the process. 

Plots will be designated for community members, a market garden, and Nova Scotia Hospital recreation therapy use.

The Urban Farm will be a welcoming environment blooming with healthy food and mental wellness for all community members. It will serve as a beautiful landscape for community collaboration and events.  We look forward to this first phase of the project as it grows throughout the summer.

Questions about purchasing or sponsoring a plot?
Contact Back to Our Roots Urban Farm Coordinator Hillary Lindsay at