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Campaign launched in St. John's for ambitious O’Brien’s Farm development

A Chef's Hike was held Thursday to help mark the launch of a fundraising campaign to develop the O'Brien Farm property in St. John's.  Taking part were (from left) Alex Fitzgerald of Mallard Cottage; Shaun Hussey of Chinched; Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage; Mark Critch, honorary patron of the foundation; Jeremy Charles of Raymond’s and The Merchant Tavern, and actor Allan Hawco, host guide for the hike.
A Chef's Hike was held Thursday to help mark the launch of a fundraising campaign to develop the O'Brien Farm property in St. John's. Taking part were (from left) Alex Fitzgerald of Mallard Cottage; Shaun Hussey of Chinched; Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage; Mark Critch, honorary patron of the foundation; Jeremy Charles of Raymond’s and The Merchant Tavern, and actor Allan Hawco, host guide for the hike. - Juanita Mercer
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

There are ambitious plans for the historic O’Brien Farm in St. John’s.

The O’Brien Farm Foundation launched a fundraising campaign Thursday with a goal of raising $500,000 for the construction and programming of a new O’Brien Farm and Learning Centre to be built within a couple of years near the Thimble Cottage farmhouse, a registered heritage structure.

The new centre will be a space where people can learn about sustainable farming and gardening. It will be used for workshops, classes, meetings, entertainment and rentals.

Foundation honorary patron Mark Critch says he spent a lot of time at the farm as a child learning about farming from Aly O’Brien.

“He loved to have people visit, he loved to talk about our heritage, and he loved to show people how important farming was. So, I think he’d be delighted, and I think the first thing he’d say would be, ‘Come on in, let me show you around.’ So, we’re trying to do that for him.”

The fundraising campaign started with an afternoon chef’s hike Thursday afternoon at the farm. 


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