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Planting to remember at FortWhyte Farms

Posted on March 7, 2022

Spring is in the air at FortWhyte Farms!  Even though the high snow banks make it feel like winter is far from over, March brings with it the promise of renewal and all the beautiful things to come. There is hope in the sun’s warm rays especially as this winter’s near record snowfall melts, replenishing the dry soil after last summer’s drought.

Hope comes also in other ways – in the welcoming back of students, in person, for the first time since March of 2020 and in the ways the seedlings for the garden are starting to peek out of the farm’s warm greenhouse soil.

This year we are planting lavender and forget-me-nots in memory of Danielle Moore.

Blue forget me not flowers in a field of long grass.

As beneficiaries of a donation made in Danielle’s name, we plan to honour her memory with a splash of purple, Danielle’s favourite colour, to the gardens and fence borders around the farm. We will water our vegetables with the irrigation system her legacy helped install, and we will watch the honeybees come out of hibernation and feed off the first flowers of the season – some of which were sown from seeds from Danielle’s own garden.

Though it’s been three years since Danielle lost her life in a plane crash, we remember her generous and passionate spirit dedicated to sustainability and how she dedicated her life to motivating people towards individual and collective action in the face of climate change.

In the midst of changing times, in the midst of a looming future, we can also revel in the idea that such a change/collapse can bring upon a new way of life. So I choose hope, and that’s what I hope to share.

Danielle, we are grateful for the seeds of hope your memory continues to sow.


Danielle Moore lived her life full of hope and believed in creating great change for a more just and environmentally sustainable planet. Though Danielle’s life was cut short at the age of 24, her spirit lives on at FortWhyte Farms. Learn more here