Category: Ag & Food

Fruit Tree and Farm Gleaning Update

Our Fruit Tree and Farm Gleaning programs are going strong! After a successful pilot in 2018, the Farm Gleaning season has seen a 350% growth so far in 2019, in terms of the volume of produce that has been redistributed throughout our community.

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Eighth Annual Garlic Fest

Time to hold your nose and prance on down to the Big Yellow Merville hall for the Eighth Annual Garlic Fest on Sunday, August 18th . The garlic sellers will have their wagons overflowing with raw garlic, garlic jams & jellies, and there will be other seasonal produce to choose from as well.

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Linda’s List for June 28th: Carrot Day Once More

It is time for my annual reminder to sow lots of carrots for winter harvests in the next week or two. For me, July 1st is always Carrot Day as well as Canada Day (US readers: think 4th of July). As long as you sow before July 10, your carrots should have time to grow to a nice size by fall.

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LUSH Valley, Comox Valley Housing and Food Action Plan

Come join LUSH Valley Executive Director, Maurita Prato, and the Coordinator of the Coalition to End Homelessness, Andrea Cupelli, as they present a Comox Valley Action plan to create more access to healthy food and food programs for people living in supportive, social and transitional housing across the Comox Valley.

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Spring at LUSH Valley

The 2019 growing season is off to a great start at our Share the Harvest community garden in downtown Courtenay. On March 25, 2019, Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells, Council members and leaders at LUSH Valley Food Action Society signed a five-year ‘Share the Harvest Community Garden’ partnership agreement.

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Opportunity to Support Local Farmers

After a successful pilot project, the New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program is ready to support more Comox Valley farmers in 2019. The New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program matches up farmers that require small loans to purchase farming equipment with mentors and lenders that are interested in supporting local agriculture.

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Introduction to Beekeeping

Gerry and Chris Rozema run Rozehaven Farm in Campbell River and are avid beekeepers. They will be providing an overview of what is involved in beekeeping for anyone wishing to get into production, especially farmers. As members of the Comox Valley Beekeepers Association and the BC Honey Producers Association, they have a depth of knowledge on how to manage bees in the climate of the Comox Valley.

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