Janelle Johnson (left) and Jaiden Rae show off the peas they picked during the House of Dwarfs tour at Patchwork Farms.

Janelle Johnson (left) and Jaiden Rae show off the peas they picked during the House of Dwarfs tour at Patchwork Farms.

College farm welcomes public

There will be a special event at Patchwork Farms Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Patchwork Farms is inviting you to drop in to see what’s growing on at the farm.

There will be a special event at the Okanagan College garden Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., and it’s also an opportunity for volunteers to sign up.

“So far, volunteers have helped build and plant 20 raised beds, install irrigation, till and plant out field crops, harvest peas, and spread mulch,” said Wendy Aasen, farm co-ordinator.

“The farm partners and co-ordinator are hoping that keen individuals and community organizations and groups will continue to help nurture the crops and by so doing, share in the bounty.”

Volunteers can contribute during a drop-in work-bee, or by formally registering. Since the site is under development, there are still a few group projects left to do as well as the regular maintenance. Irrigation is on timed systems to reduce water consumption and effort.

“If you help at the farm, you or your organization can share in the harvest, with surplus going to community food programs. The more help we have, the more food we can produce,” said Aasen.

The farm also offers a great way to get some outdoor exercise with a view of Kalamalka Lake.

“Even weeding becomes pleasurable when you’re in such a beautiful location,” said Karen Truesdale, with Kindale Developmental Association, the lead organization on the project.

For more information about the project, go to www.patchworkfarms.ca.