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Kevin Hamilton MCUF
City of Hamilton, Project Manager
Neighourhood Action Strategy Healthy & Safe Communities Department
Lead Farmer and Farm Operations Manager at McQuesten Urban Farm
Kevin Hamilton has been farming organically for 20 years. Currently working at McQuesten urban farm as lead farmer, he shares his passion and knowledge of organic growing within this community.
He has ridden his bicycle across Canada raising awareness about food and the environment over 15,000 kms, rode 4000 kms across Australia in 1999/2000 and in 2005 he rode 22,000 kms again by bicycle visiting farms from Portugal to Vietnam to learn all he could about farming without the aid of petrochemicals.
He was also the youngest ever recipient of the Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year. He is an avid cyclist, environmentalist and political agitator.
On-site manager, farmer, engager and administrator at McQuesten Urban Farm
Amy Bonin has been with McQuesten Urban Farm for almost 5 years. In this time she has rekindled and rallied her passions for growing food, food justice, cooking and working with her community to improve the McQuesten neighbourhood. With a background in journalism and graphic design, Amy has combined these skills with farming to help the project grow online and in the fields.
When she is at the farm you can hear her talking about food (always), farming, taking pictures for the farm’s social media, petting dogs, at weekly volunteer sessions and the seasonal fresh produce market. At home you will find Amy growing vegetables, working on her never-ending perennial pollinator garden, canning, cooking, playing roller derby and crafting.
Engager, educator and farmer at the McQuesten Urban Farm (B.Ed.,OCT)
Kelly McKinney is an outdoor and experiential educator, teaching in Hamilton for 20 years. She is the director of Sprout Camp, a nature-based program that allows youth to connect to green spaces and processes that nourish.
Since 2015 Kelly has worked with the community to grow food security and programming at the McQuesten Urban Farm.
Kelly is a recipient of the “Hamilton Environmentalist of year” award in 2019 for her work with Sprout Camp and the farm.
Onsite Programming, Volunteer & Community partner coordinator at McQuesten Urban Farm
Sapphire Singh is a long time Hamiltonian that believes in the power of soil and fresh food. She has been involved with environmental sustainability action and projects for over two decades.
For ten years, Singh collaborated with post secondary students, partner organizations, and the arts community to produce an annual fashion art performance (Revolution Wear) and education workshops that combined social justice, DIY culture, and waste reduction (upcycled wearable-art). She has worked for the City of Hamilton animating and programming the downtown Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen as a space for hands on food experiences, seasonal and farm inspired special events and community collaborations with local chefs, food educators, small scale food businesses and non-profit groups. When she is not at the urban farm, Sapphire gets to dress in period costume and grow heritage ornamental and edible plants as a Demonstration Gardener (& Historical Interpreter) in the Kitchen Garden at Dundurn National Historic Site.
Or, she is poking around in the weird and wild organic garden at her mom’s in the Crownpoint neighbourhood where they ditched the front and back lawns for perennial and edible landscapes back in 2008 (food not lawns!).
Pioneer of farm and longtime volunteer and neighbour.
Pat Reid is a McQuesten neighbour and long time volunteer. at McQuesten Urban Farm and the McQuesten Community Planning Team. Pat alongside other with other McQuesten residents dreamt up this community farm and brought it to life with the help of the City Of Hamilton and our community partners.
"The farm has satisfied my desire to homestead. Now in some small way, mission accomplished." Pat