ABOUT THE URBAN INTERVENTION
Why is there a Farm in the middle of Ottawa? Should government support scientific research? Can science be beautiful? Seeking to answer these questions, this seminar explores the past, present, and future of scientific agriculture at the Central Experimental Farm and the Farm’s intricate relationship with both the city and the nation. While walking through a diverse collection of landscapes and jumping back and forth across the 129-year history of the Farm, we will discuss the principles, politics, and aesthetics
of experimental agriculture, city planning, and heritage policies.
The tour begins with an example of contemporary conservation biology at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden before exploring the Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens, and the experimental fields themselves. Our last stop is at the Hartwell Locks to compare and contrast UNESCO and Canadian heritage policies where two scientific heritage landscapes, the Rideau Canal and the Central Experimental Farm, meet. Throughout the seminar we will remain focused on the ways science influences the landscapes we’re moving through as well as those further a field in the city of Ottawa and across Canada.
Tour guide: Pete Anderson (@dairpo)
Meeting place: Hartwell Locks, Rideau Canal
Total distance covered: 3.5km
For the 100in1day festival, this tour is being offered free of charge.
About your tour guide:
Pete Anderson is passionate about the place of science and agriculture in society. He’s been researching Canadian agricultural history professionally and academically since 2008. After working for various federal agencies, he returned to school in 2013 to pursue a PhD in geography at Queen’s University where his research focuses on the historical and cultural geographies of the Central Experimental Farm. Inspired by John Brinckerhoff Jackson, he celebrates the ways the pattern of everyday life shapes the world in which we live, work, and play.
Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle