Newman Farm was established in 1897 in rural Saanich. It remained in the family for 106 years; operating as a small, mixed farm, where prize-winning jersey cattle were raised. The farm changed very little over its entire history so today provides a rare opportunity to step back in time. The 6.6-hectare property is owned by the community for use and enjoyment as a public park.
In support of their youth paddling program, beginning in 2010, two restored boathouses on the property have been made available at no cost to the Tsawout Nation Canoe Club for year-round storage of racing canoes and equipment.
Since 2012, the District has partnered with The Farmlands Trust to re-establish agricultural uses on the Newman Farm. Through this arrangement, Farmlands Trust supporters and volunteers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for donation to Our Place for meals for the homeless and those with low income living in Greater Victoria. Additionally, they have teamed up with a local farmer to develop a small sheep operation on the farm, which has been of great interest to local youth groups and schools.
As we celebrate our heritage by investing in our future, this project provides an opportunity to link the past with the future.