It was a grand sight to see — Mary’s Barn officially opening for use at the Terrra Nova Rural Park on Saturday.

The Sharing Farm Society, which will operate the barn, will now be in a better position than ever to provide healthy food for low-income families in Richmond and teach new generations of urban farmers.

Mary’s Barn was named in honour of the late Mary Gazetas — the inspiration behind and a founding member of The Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, which is now The Sharing Farm Society.

Recognizing the need for healthy fresh food at the Richmond Food Bank, Gazetas worked to secure a small plot of land to grow vegetables for donation.

As a result of her initiative and leadership, The Sharing Farm was established and has gone on to donate over 200,000 pounds of fresh organic vegetables for low-income families in Richmond since its inception.

“Mary’s Barn will be an essential operational hub for agricultural activities at Terra Nova Rural Park and support the important work of The Sharing Farm Society,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

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