Welcome To The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is a community museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour's agricultural past, and to developing an understanding of plants, animals and farming today. It is owned and operated by the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, a registered charity which relies heavily on community support, volunteers and donations. ADMISSION IS BY DONATION so plan to come often and reconnect with your rural roots!

The Farm Museum is open seven days a week from May 15 to October 15. Throughout the winter months we are open by appointment for research, resources and enquiries.

FEED THE ANIMALS

We’re currently running our annual Feed the Animals Campaign. This campaign allows our visitors to donate directly to our animals program to ensure it continues for years to come. Last year we surpassed our goal by $1500 and were able to put the extra towards vet bills for our pig Lucky who fell very ill after giving birth to her piglets. Thanks to the donations and our ability to provide her with top notch health-care Lucky pulled through and was able to spend the rest of the summer with her babies.

To learn more about our campaign or to donate please follow this link:
Feed the Animals

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Upcoming Events

Oct.14

Harvest Weekend

Come out to the Farm for a special two-day celebration of harvest traditions and activities: food preparation and preservation, textile and handcraft demonstrations, woodworking and blacksmithing along with some seasonal fun. The Rose and Kettle will be serving traditional harvest fare and home baked goodies. Admission by donation to support the Farm. Saturday, Oct.14st & Sunday Oct. 15th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m each day.

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Oct.08

Harvest Dinners

$30./adult and $15./child under 12 Sunday, Oct. 8th & Monday, Oct. 9th, 6:30 p.m A three course indulgence featuring some of the Rose & Kettle’s most popular fare: autumn vegetable soup & homemade biscuits, locally raised free-range roast turkey with seasonal sides and all the trimmings and choice of pumpkin pie with cream or gingerbread with lemon sauce for dessert. Advance reservation & ticket purchase required. Click here to purchase your ticket.

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Farmer for a Day 2017!

Farmer for a Day is a school program delivered by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture for grade 3 students in the HRM. The Farm Museum will host this 3 day event for the 6th consecutive year this month, September 19 – 21, welcoming over 300 students for a very special agricultural experience. Farmer for a Day gives students from elementary schools in Halifax Regional Municipality a chance to explore traditional and modern-day farming through interactive activities and sessions with representatives from the agricultural sector.

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ChickCam Project

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia, Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Webcams in a new program for elementary school students; the ChickCam project. Incubation of the eggs started on May 24th. There are two types of eggs in the hatch, the brown eggs are from commercial broiler hens and the white eggs are from egg layer hens. Both should hatch on June 14th as the incubation period for chickens is 21 days. The incubator maintains a steady temperature of 37.5 degrees C. The humidity inside the incubator is held at 60% relative humidity. The eggs sit on the turning grid, which rolls them over once Read More

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“Young Canada Works in Heritage” Summer Student Opportunities

The Farm Museum is fortunate to once again partner with Canadian Heritage through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Program in providing valuable museum-related work experience to our future museum workers. See the full job descriptions: Digitization Technician Museum Exhibits Assistant      

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CHRHS founding member to play a part in Canada’s 150th Birthday Commemorations

The work of the late Rosemary Eaton, lifelong photojournalist, champion of the Cole Harbour saltmarsh and founding member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, will be remembered through a new commemorative $10 bill to be released on June 1, 2017 in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. A photograph of Senator James Gladstone, Canada’s first senator from a treaty first nation, taken by Eaton in 1958, will be included on the bill. Eaton also photographed the original “Owls Bouquet” made by the late Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, a holographic rendering of which is also included on the bill.  

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Museum gardens designated a “Canada 150 Garden Experience”

The Farm Museum is the proud recipient of a Canada 150 Garden Experience designation, awarded by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association on March 13, 2017 in Ottawa. “In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, 150 gardens and garden experiences across the country were jury-selected to receive the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation.” This is an enormous honour for the Museum and is owed entirely to our dedicated garden volunteers and the Dartmouth Horticultural Society who make our gardens the wonderful experience that they are.

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