Category: Ag & Food

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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Give a Nourishing Gift This Holiday

At LUSH Valley, we love good food, and see it as a transformative way to connect, empower and inspire people. By supporting people to access, grow, process, prepare, and eat good food, together we are improving lives. Please consider supporting our work with a gift this season and help us accelerate towards our vision of a food secure Comox Valley.

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New Farm Gleaning Pilot Project

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’.

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On October 20th, Vote for a Food Secure Comox Valley

Are you concerned about issues related to community food security, poverty, health, local food, urban agriculture, and other matters related to resilient communities and food systems? At LUSH Valley Food Action Society (LUSH Valley), we know how important it is to have leaders and decision makers, across the region, that will stand up for our local communities, economies and the environment especially as it relates to healthy food production and access. On October 20th, you have an opportunity to go to the polls and vote for a Food Secure Comox Valley.

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4th Annual Heritage Fall Fair at the Merville Hall

Once again, for you Lovers of All Things Country, on Sunday, September 30th, the Heritage Fall Fair is back at the Big Yellow Merville Hall. From 1 to 5pm we’ll be celebrating this Land of Plenty in the Comox Valley with a Farmers’ Market, food from the kitchen, a Kids’ Zone, refreshments, displays, antique machinery, and skilled local artisans.

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Last sowing, confusing bugs, splitter alert

There is still time to sow hardy winter lettuce and arugula if you do it this week and now is also the perfect time to sow corn salad for winter salads. Pull back mulches and scatter seeds under tomatoes, squash and other plants that will be finished in October. Corn salad seeds may not germinate until the soil cools down, so don’t worry if they don’t come up immediately; it is extremely hardy and one of the few greens that can grow (slowly) during the winter. If you are sowing winter greens in a coldframe, plastic tunnel or unheated greenhouse, you could also sow Chinese cabbage, leaf mustard and other hardy greens now, because the warmer environments provide a little more growing time.

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