“October 12th was our last volunteer day at the Sharing Farm for this year. Farm manager, Kareno, mentioned they harvested 2,700 pounds of squash! Alas some were so small and hard they had to be composted. With the long dry spell we had this year between July and early October, they did not hand water the crops as much as they needed to. They decided it was not a good use of the few paid worker hours they have, or volunteers who to come to help. Next year, their goal is to become more efficient at utilizing the land they have under cultivation rather than expanding their fields. With a simple irrigation system (estimate cost is $2,500 for an acre), they could improve their yields.”
On October 12, seven volunteers from BC Housing braved the rain to assist with the fall planting of garlic at The Sharing Farm in Richmond.
“Garlic is an important crop to the farm as the money raised from [its sale] goes directly to assist with the cost of their operations,” said Abby. “I really wanted to help out this year as a large amount of garlic we planted and harvested this year was stolen right before the farm’s annual garlic festival.”
“It’s a terrific experience,” said Jackie. “The farm does such important work growing fresh food for the Richmond Food Bank as well as community meal programs for others neighbours in need.”
It was the final volunteer day of the year at The Sharing Farm as it closes for the winter*. BC Housing staff donated close to 350 hours of time to the farm this year through the Community Connections Employer Supported Volunteerism program. The farm has some paid staff but a lot of work is done by volunteers.
–BC Housing Information Update, November 7, 2012
BC Housing raised $3,700 for The Sharing Farm in 2011. They are currently raising funds again this year for us through their 2012 Community Connections campaign.
* The Sharing Farm Farm operates year round. During the winter months, the greenhouse continues to grow healthy nutritious greens for community meal programs. Kareno hibernates for the winter and the fields are either covered with mulch to protect the soil or planted with cover crops to nourish the soil and provide early season forage (food) for native and honey bees.
On behalf of The Sharing Farm, thank you BC Housing for your continued support!