It’s a good food, garden (and news!) story. LUSH Valley Food Action Society is pleased to announce a free day of garden workshops and the launch of our mobile community cooler. The event will take place at the Share the Harvest Community Garden, located at 721 Harmston Ave, from 11:00am-4:00pm on July 9th, with over 12 workshops lead by key gardening experts of the region with lots of time for tours and mingling- our way of showcasing our beautiful community gardens and giving back to the community for their support and involvement. At 12pm we will also be unveiling our beautiful mobile community cooler which will be fully operational for the apple harvest of this seasons Fruit Tree Program and beyond.

“The Share the Harvest community garden is in bloom and looking great, I am so excited to be showcasing the progress of the garden at this years Gardenfest. The workshops will cover everything from composting and permaculture to pollinator gardens and yoga as well as a seed swap and activities for the kids. It is going to be a great day!” Daniel Tucker, Garden Coordinator.

This venue will also provide a great opportunity for people to come and learn more about LUSH programs and our new mobile community cooler.

“The LUSH mobile community cooler will be an asset to our organization and the community at large. The unit will allow for greater distribution of healthy local fruits and vegetables to people who need it the most and will help us ensure that less of the bounty of this region goes to waste. The vision is that the cooler will be able to meet people where they are at in their neighbourhoods and community centers. We are thrilled to have it operational in time for this year’s apple harvest. It is also a nice big canvas to showcase our new organizational logo. Many thanks to the Comox Valley Community Foundation for their generous support” Jessica Hawkins, former Executive Director and current Board Member.

“Gardenfest is a family friendly event, focused on helping people gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow their own food. We will also be taking a waitlist for those interested in a plot in the community garden, and looking for volunteers for this years Fruit Tree Program. We hope people will come out to learn more about what LUSH is doing in the community and join us in our efforts towards a food secure Comox Valley” Andrea Cupelli, Program Manger

As well as running a community garden, LUSH is just starting up its Fruit Tree Program, a program which, with the help of volunteers harvested and distributed 58,000lbs of fruit last season. LUSH also runs many community kitchen and young cooks programs across the region.

We want to thank all of our wonderful supporters and sponsors for making GardenFest possible: BC Gaming, Anderton Nursery, Remax, Royal LePage, NIC, CVRD, City of Courtenay, Horticultural Society, Comox Valley Seed Savers and Growers and Vancouver Island Enterprises.

Find a full schedule of Gardenfest events and LUSH news by visiting us on Facebook @lushvalleyfood

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