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The planned urban farm on the site of the former Queen Elizabeth High School could include market spaces, a therapeutic garden and a Mi’kmaq medicine wheel.

The planned urban farm on the site of the former Queen Elizabeth High School could include market spaces, a therapeutic garden and a Mi’kmaq medicine wheel.

About 50 people attended last night’s follow-up to November’s public brainstorming session on how to best make use of the space.

Billy Lewis of the Mi’kmaq Friendship Centre said he hopes a corner of the garden can be used to grow sacred herbs.

“It’d really be nice to have a place where we could show all of the medicinal plants we have and have it in the form of a medicine circle,” he said.

Frank Palermo, professor at Dalhousie University’s schools of architecture and planning, said the farm taps into wide community interest.

“It’s really only going to happen if the community continues to be interested, engaged and involved — and works on it,” he said.

Capital Health said the first meeting generated nine “guiding principles.”

Among them:

It should be used year-round, act as a model for developing vacant sites, have multiple uses, be safe, be sustainable and benefit the broader community.

 
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