In 2016, Abegweit First Nation started Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves with the help and guidance of Stephen Cousins (The Shephards Farm), as a way of getting back to our roots and nature. This two-fold venture was started to provide the community with a garden to call its own and also to establish a garden for commercial purposes.
Our gardens host a variety of fruits and vegetables including strawberries, raspberries, cucumber, tomatoes, rhubarb, yellow beans, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, salad greens, broccoli, sweet corn, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano sage, scallions, chives, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and cilantro – just to name a few!
Our gardens help to provide revenue to support other related projects such as community dinners and sales of produce and/or preserves. Our established community garden helps to promote ownership, responsibility, and health and wellness in the community while increasing knowledge in the community regarding farming, agriculture, and the food and tourism industries.
Formal partnership inquiries and opportunities are always welcome.
Anyone is welcome is visit our community garden located behind our Administration Office (31 Kitpu Street, Scotchfort).
Our current partners include:
- Abegweit First Nation Chief & Council;
- Abegweit First Nation community;
- Shephard’s Farm;
- MCPEI ASETS;
- Heart & Stroke Foundation of PEI; and
- Various MCPEI Programs.
For more information, please contact the administration office at (902)676-2353.