To foster a stunning new attraction in St. John’s called “Aly’s Way.”
Aloysius O’Brien (“Aly”) had a way with nature. He worked to preserve it, beautify it, and gently ensure it served human needs.
Volunteers with the O’Brien Farm Foundation have united to maintain this legacy.
We are working now to preserve, manage and interpret the historic O’Brien Farm for the citizens of St. John’s and those who visit from outside the city.
Our aim is to make it an active, working farm where the public can learn in a hands-on way about sustainable agriculture, as well as the farming history and Irish settlement of St. John’s.
The Farm will forge a central place in the community with a wide range of community partnerships.
The O’Brien Farm Foundation will manage the 32-acre historic O’Brien Farm to preserve and promote the Farms' cultural and land resources for future generations.
The Foundation will create programming that educates the public, especially our youth, about the importance of preserving green spaces to maintain our contact with nature.
It will work with other groups that promote local food security, organic gardening, sustainable land practices, with an emphasis on the history of farming and it’s strong ties to the Irish settlement in St. John’s.
1. To implement the O’Brien Farm Master Plan, but remain open to new ideas and uses that may grow with the project.
2. To develop and implement an effective fundraising strategy for the development and self-sustaining financial operation of Aly’s Way, which includes restoring the historic Thimble Cottage for visitors, the rebuilding and repurposing of the barn, the dairy, and other outbuildings.
3. To develop and implement educational and interpretive programs, with a special emphasis on youth and the disadvantaged.
4. To develop and implement suitable protocols for the careful stewardship and financial sustainability of the 32-acre property now called “Aly’s Way”.
5. To develop and maintain strong mutually-beneficial partnerships for the operation and management of Aly’s Way, and to create a strong sense of community ownership.