An urban farm feeding the poorest part of Kitchener fights to stay alive and growing
She said research shows that the land once belonged to the Leni Lenape indigenous people. It became a farm in the 1700s, later housed a coal refinery, ice and refrigerator factory, and a warehouse for the city education authority in the early 20th century. The site was a junkyard from the 1960s to 1980s, and the city destroyed the abandoned refrigeration factory in 1990, leaving a field of rubble. Village of Arts & Humanities, an arts organization in north Kitchener, covered the entire area with soil and built a tree farm there for about 10 years. But half of the place became an illegal landfill at the beginning of the century and stayed that way until 2010.