Syrian farmers learn to work Canadian soil in Keswick Ridge

CBCNews NewBrunswick - Some old farmland outside of Fredericton is being used to help about 10 Syrian refugee families learn how to farm in Canada and to give them work experience and a little extra food at the table.

Twelve hectares of donated land in Keswick Ridge is being used as a training ground, known as the Tula Farm Project, aimed at teaching new farmers how to work Canadian soil.  

The land, made up of a pair of fields and old forest, was donated to the Conservation Council in the 1980s. This summer it was used by 10 families from Syria, growing several different types of crops

That was the intention of Jim and Kay Bedell when they donated that land," said MacLean.

"They were peace activists and they wanted the land to be used for sustainable, community farming." 

MacLean, who used the land when working on her masters the University of New Brunswick studying agroecology, considers this year's harvest a success.

MacLean said the ultimate goal of the Tula Farm Project is to get young farmers to the point where they can make a living from the land.