In addition to running the 17th season of our Fruit Tree Project- this year LUSH Valley is running a pilot farm gleaning project. Local farmers are at the center of this work and we value these relationships highly and do our best to provide on-farm labour when needed in exchange for excess produce. We call our approach ‘farm-centric’.
The program has already supplied over 4000 lbs of diverse and high quality produce from salad greens, blueberries, cucumbers to tomatoes and everything in between to individuals and families in our community that might otherwise go without.
LUSH Valley distributes produce to over 15 community and social services groups including; Komoks First Nation, CV Transition Society, CV Food Bank, BC Housing, and Schools across SD#71. As of last week the Fruit Tree Project had harvested and distributed 25,000 lbs of tree fruit as well as 4000 lbs of farmed vegetables and berries from the Farm Gleaning pilot.
LUSH Valley recognizes the support of our over 200 gleaning volunteers, 50 of which showed up at an appreciation event and each walked away with 10 L of freshly pressed juice. Thank you to volunteers for making these projects possible. We also want to thank our funders: VIHA Community Wellness Grant, Comox Valley Community Foundation, BC Gaming, City of Courtenay and Peninsula Co-op for their support of our 2018 Fruit Tree Program and Farm Gleaning season.
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