(4 acres of it … in a managed and sustainable fashion)
(lovingly replanted in East Field)
Named after our inspiring founder, Mary Gazetas, the barn will be The Farm’s operation centre. Upon competition (end of May), we will move in and centralize our of our processes and storage. Easy access centralized storage will make for happy volunteers. Overall, the greatly increased efficiency means we can grow and provide for food for our community.
Barn Opening Celebration – June 18 1 – 4 pm. Join us!
Sweet Pea Trellises Torn Down for Mega Structure
(Vancity Envirofund grant to increase our growing capacity into colder months)
With funding from Vancity’s Envirofund we will be erecting a 72′ X 25’ greenhouse to increase our shoulder season (November – April) growing capacity. Additional measures will be implemented to increase off-season production for the cold and wet late fall and early spring months. The new greenhouse will also help us increase summer production of hot house crops. More vibrant super crunchy nutrition packed greens for Community Meals!
Making Seniors Sweat
(through Active Gardening)
We are offering an enhanced program to attract seniors to our Tuesday and Thursday Friends of the Greenhouse program. Transportation will be provided by shuttle from City Centre. It’s a great way to get active, stay active, and socialize with new friends. We’ll have refreshments and healthy snacks.
(Program continues past pilot year)
Ten to fifteen extended low-income families will participate in a 10-week program which includes cooking classes for adults while the children will engage in nature-based play and learning. The families will take home our weekly CSA of fresh vegetables with a goal to create positive food stories around shared healthy family meals.
Lazy Pollinators Rewarded with More Food Sources
Improving Habitat, Nutrition, and Vigour of Native Pollinators and Honey Bees
In collaboration with the City of Richmond we have secured 2 acres of parkland outside the boundaries of our farm, to establish perennial plants, bushes, and trees to support native pollinators and our honey bees. This is a sustainable solution to the loss of habitat due to urbanization.
(Another great Garlic Festival in the works)
Going into it’s 8th year. The Sharing Farm has yet again convinced hundreds of volunteers extract about 1,000lbs of garlic and leave it hung up and drying for the later inevitable savoury consumption of hungry festival attenees.
In the works for this year’s festival is a great collaboration with Save-On-Foods and some great chefs. Mark your calendars for August 21st – 10am to 3pm