London Heritage Farm Society, 2010

Mandate

To preserve the agricultural history ofRichmondand the ongoing operations of London Heritage Farm.

 

Mission

London Heritage Farm Society, in partnership with theRichmondMuseumand Heritage Services, will participate in the preservation of buildings and items of historic interest relating to the early agricultural and farm life in the region by offering accessible and inviting venues to residents, visitors and future generations.

 

STRATEGIES

  1. Promote special community focused events such as:
  • Family Farm Fair
  • Richmond Doors Open host
  • annual dahlia and spring plant sales
  • antique and collectibles market
  • annual art sale
  • special occasion teas (e.g. Mother’s Day)
  • special Christmas events.

 

2. Highlight agricultural activities including:

  • organic allotment gardens
  • herb garden
  • heritage perennial flower garden
  • heritage seed program and sale
  • chicken coop with rooster and laying hens
  • bee hives and honey making
  • composting facilities in the heritage and allotment gardens
  • examples of early agricultural equipment

 

3. Maintain and promote the interior presentation of the farm house and ancillary buildings and gardens in a manner representative of early farm life inRichmond

  • tea room, parlor and bedrooms furnished and decorated with accessories, photographs and memorabilia of the period 1880-1920
  • develop educational materials and tours for individuals and groups (including school and senior groups)

 

4. Ensure the long term stand alone financial viability of the Society through:

  • effective budgeting, financial reporting and cash management
  • focus on the tearoom and gift shop as the primary revenue generators operated on a business like basis
  • expand the scope and size of the spring plant sale
  • highlight the sale of organic farm produce during the growing season
  • actively promote the site as a preferred location for weddings and group parties
  • evaluate programs designed to increase the number of volunteers
  • initiate programs to encourage increased donations and sponsorships
  • maintain our education programs in collaboration withRichmondschools
  • increase membership and donations

 

PLANNED INITIATIVES 2010/11

  • acquire a comprehensive signage system to better communicate activities at the farm and throughout the community
  • install and maintain an irrigation system in the heritage flower gardens
  • erect a small greenhouse in support of perennial and allotment garden activities
  • identify and implement initiatives to engage minorities and immigrants
  • consider hosting a series of outdoor lectures highlighting a) the agricultural history of the area and b) fruit tree pruning
  • collaborate with the City ofRichmondto complete the restoration of the pond including the addition of memorial benches
  • collaborate with the City ofRichmondto construct an orchard and lavender garden along the west perimeter of the property.