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
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
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.
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.
The summer of 2016 was an evaluation year for 67 community museums located across Nova Scotia. The evaluation is a requirement of the Community Museum Assistance Program, administered by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. It was conducted in partnership with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums using teams of industry professionals from a variety of museological backgrounds. The evaluation assesses all areas of operations including Governance, Management, Facility, Collections and Access to Information, Interpretation, Marketing and Revenue Generation and Community. The Farm Museum’s resulting score was the second highest in the program and saw the greatest increase of any institution.
Another very successful Farmer for a Day program was held at the Farm Museum September 20 to 22 in partnership with the Department of Agriculture. This event gives 360 grade 3 students from area elementary schools an opportunity to learn about modern day farming directly from industry representatives. What a fun program!