After being invited to experience the magic of Explore Edmonton’s Urban Farm by resident gardeners, Edem Nortey says she was immediately hooked. From there, she submitted a request for a small plot of land and opened the experience to the MacEwan student population with the goal of creating a safe space for students to learn about gardening and farming with community members. For Edem Nortey, helping students find community outside of the typical, ever-changing campus ecosystem has been an integral part of her Urban Farm experience.
"I've been back in Canada now for about five years and have been involved with the Urban Farm for a little over two and a half years. I can wholeheartedly say that the farm has given me a sense of belonging in the city," she says with a smile. "After being out of Canada for many years for university basketball, there was a huge culture shock when I came back, let alone moved from my hometown of Toronto to Edmonton.
“Hilariously, being amongst newcomers from all over the world here at the farm made me feel like I belonged. Being able to share this experience with members of the MacEwan community is a feeling like no other."