MEDIA RELEASE: Harvest Season Art Installations

print-logo October 10, 2019

Municipality of Port Hope Launches Harvest Season Art Project

Temporary art installations will adorn Downtown storefronts courtesy of Fluke Craft and Garden Hill Farmers Market

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Port Hope, ON

The Municipality of Port Hope Marketing and Tourism Division, in collaboration with the Heritage Business Improvement Area (HBIA), Lee Higginson of Fluke Craft, and the Garden Hill Farmers Market, have launched a temporary art installation to dress the Downtown as part of the Harvest Art Community Partnership Program, in celebration of the harvest season.

Last year the Municipality’s Marketing & Tourism Division participated in a Local Food First Impression Community Engagement Program through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. One of the resulting recommendations was to ensure that Port Hope’s Downtown has the visibility of a local food destination, especially during the harvest, which coincides with peak tourism season.

“Port Hope is proud of its rural roots and quickly emerging status as a local food destination,” says Kevin Narraway, Marketing Manager at the Municipality of Port Hope. “This project lends itself well to showcasing our community as an agricultural and ‘foodie-friendly’ community.”

As part of a larger local food strategy, Downtown businesses may participate by contributing 50 percent of the cost for the display and the Marketing and Tourism Division will match it. The art installations will be created using harvest produce generously donated by Jamie Ferguson of Garden Hill Farmers Market. The cost of participation includes the installation, labour and a consultation meeting with Ms. Higginson to create a plan for an installation that reflects the character and nature of each participating business.

“I am so grateful to participate in a program that combines artful display with the promotion of our local agricultural industry,” says Lee Higginson, founder of Fluke Craft. “Port Hope is a food destination and I am so happy to be a small part of promoting it.”

“Historically agriculture has been an important industry and tradition in the Municipality of Port Hope and so promoting local agriculture is vital in continuing to make Port Hope a local food destination,” adds Jamie Ferguson, Owner of Garden Hill Farmers Market. “Participation in the Harvest Art Installation is an example of how farmers, like me, can promote local food.”

This exciting new project is a two-part series in conjunction with the Lent Lane Harvest Art Business Partnership Program. The displays will be installed for Thanksgiving weekend and remain until Halloween.

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ABOUT Lee Higginson:
Local Port Hope artist and founder of Fluke Craft, Lee Higginson creates “found art” with the intention of social awareness and community engagement. Her pieces are handmade with love and purpose and utilizing unlikely materials found in nature and off the beaten path.

ABOUT Garden Hill Farmers Market:
In 2013, Jamie and Kristin Ferguson took over the challenging and rewarding task of growing over 50 acres of produce in the hamlet of Garden Hill. The growing year starts in the spring with asparagus and rhubarb and moving on into summer strawberries, lettuces, onions and finally into various squashes and a huge selection of pumpkins. In addition to the locally produced vegetables, Garden Hill Farmers Market has partnered with several other Ontario producers to provide a full selection of high quality vegetables and fruits. Local products round out the farmer’s market experience with honey, jam, jellies and maple syrup plus so much more.

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
Municipality of Port Hope
905-885-4544 x 2248 |

Elizabeth Edwards
Business Outreach Coordinator
Municipality of Port Hope
Office: 905-885-2004 | Mobile: 905-375-7607 |