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.