QEH to be an urban farm? - Metro US

QEH to be an urban farm?

Capital Health is asking for public input on what to do with the land currently occupied by Queen Elizabeth high school.

The former school is set to be demolished by the spring of 2011. The property, located at the intersection of Bell Road and Robie Street, has been promised to Capital Health by the province for a future hospital expansion.

But any expansion is likely several years away, and Capital Health doesn’t want the property to sit empty.

Spokesman John Gillis said he thinks the land could be used for a temporary urban farm, promoting fresh and local produce.

“We’re committed as an organization to healthy lifestyles and healthy food,” said Gillis. “We’ll have this plot of vacant land at our disposal for some period of time, so why not use it as a place to show off how you can grow healthy food.”

Gillis said he does not know what quality of the soil at the location is, and the farm idea is still in its early stages.

Have your say
In the coming months, Capital Health will be providing opportunities for the public to offer opinions in on what function the property on Bell Road and Robie should serve, prior to a future hospital expansion. You can weigh in any time at participate@cdha.nshealth.ca.

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