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  • Hunter Cresswell

Old Chelsea residents want farm back

The residents of Hendrick Farm want to put the ‘farm’ back in Hendrick Farm.

Seventeen residents of the Old Chelsea residential development filed a suit in late May against Hendrick Farm and the Hendrick Foundation, which, until recently, operated the farm in the development. The residents are asking for the farm – which is a reason some people moved to the development – to be restored and for plans to build a garden in its place be scrapped.

“The reason we bought here is because we were told that in perpetuity that there would be an organic farm,” Hendrick Farm resident and plaintiff Geoffrey O’Brian told The Low Down.

According to the statement of claim, this suit isn’t asking for money but it does ask the Gatineau Superior Court to reserve the plaintiffs’ right to sue in the future.

In late November Sean McAdam, the president of both the development company Landlab Inc. and Hendrick Farm, announced that the farm would shut down. He cited financial instability – from 2016 to 2019, the five-acre farm cost $820,000 to operate, but sales generated only $113,000 – and difficulties mixing agricultural and residential uses as part of his reasoning.