The Sharing Farm and Vancity moving towards a more fruit-filled tomorrow

Vancity volunteers helped bring a new 1/2 acre field into production in 2012

The Sharing Farm is growing, thanks to a $75,000 grant awarded by VanCity’s enviroFund. The grant, which is the largest in The Sharing Farm’s history, will be used to greatly improve The Farm’s infrastructure and capabilities. With the grant, The Farm will be able to renovate and expand existing buildings to create a hub for resources, education, and facilities for urban farmers and the community. An exciting component of the grant will transform The Farm’s orchard into a “food forest” and developing a seedling production greenhouse. All of these projects will expand The Sharing Farm’s ability to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to Richmond residents in need served by the Food Bank and community meal programs.The improvements will also form the next step in the Farm’s evolution towards a sustainable Food System Centre for the Richmond community. “We have the physical groundwork as well as the staff and partners to be a centre for community learning,” said Arzeena Hamir, The Sharing Farm’s past Co-Chair. “The enviroFund grant will allow us to innovate in orchard permaculture, increase our yields while reducing wasted crops, and to save the seeds that are so suited to our particular climate,”The enviroFund grant will also be used to increase cold storage by as much as 15 times.

For additional information, contact:Gretchen Frazer
Communications Coordinator
The Sharing Farm Society
604-210-3589
gretchen@sharingfarm.ca
www.sharingfarm.ca

The Sharing Farm Society is a charitable non-profit dedicated to providing the Richmond Food Bank and community meals with fresh, local, organically grown fruits and vegetables.

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