“Working with LUSH Valley for the past 15 years, I recognize the need for a permanent and secure home for gathering, storing and redistributing local food”,
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After receiving a generous donation, LUSH Valley is one step closer to securing a permanent location in central Courtenay. The 2252 sq ft space would provide certainty for the organization’s operations moving forward, which they have been without for the past 5 years. 

Since launching a Capital Fundraising Campaign at the beginning of July, LUSH Valley Food Action Society has received $17,700 in fundraising revenue and has already reached 27% of their $65,000 goal. The organization needs to acquire the full amount by the end of September to secure a potential property and ‘forever home’.

Shortly after LUSH Valley’s property offer was accepted, a major donor stepped forward and contributed $10,000 towards the down payment. This donation was followed by a $5,000 gift to the organization from another supporter.

The major donor said she was not exposed to farming or vegetable gardening in her suburban childhood in the US. “I grew up believing food came from the supermarket, usually canned or frozen!” At age 50, she volunteered on a farm while visiting the Comox Valley and this experience was transformational. She now calls the Comox Valley home and is passionate about local foods, local agriculture and food security.

“Working with LUSH Valley for the past 15 years, I recognize the need for a permanent and secure home for gathering, storing and redistributing local food”, said the organization’s donor. “I have a vision of a long-term, secure space that benefits local farmers, producers, processors and people dealing with food insecurity: a space that offers a commercial kitchen and storage as well as spaces for education and community. I feel so strongly about this organization that I am willing and committed to investing in its long-term success and I hope others in the Valley will do the same.”

LUSH Valley is asking more community members to dig deep and donate to the project that will ensure the organization can continue offering their services to the Comox Valley. By providing a donation to the purchase of a property, donors are contributing to a legacy and helping realize LUSH Valley’s vision of a food secure Comox Valley.

For more information about the capital campaign and ways to donate to LUSH Valley, visit https://lushvalley.org/forever-home/. To discuss business sponsorship opportunities, contact Executive Director Maurita at maurita@lushvalley.org.

Maurita Prato

LUSH Valley