Program seeks extra planters

The Armstrong Food Initiative Society is preparing for a season of linking gardeners to people in need

Anyone plowing their fields or garden boxes is urged to make an extra row for those in need.

Although the Armstrong Food Initiative Society won’t be starting the produce sharing program at the community garden behind the red caboose until July 13, it is encouraging anyone who has room in their garden to plant an extra row or two.

When it comes time to harvest, any excess produce can be brought to the volunteers at the community garden between 9 and 10 a.m. on Monday. Then from 10 a.m. to noon, the produce will be passed on to people who do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The program will run every Monday from July 13 to Oct. 5.

“This is the seventh year AFIS has run the program,” said Jill de la Salle, with the group.

“We are starting a month earlier again this year as some of the growers have an abundance of early crops like lettuce, spinach, radishes, or rhubarb which they would like to donate. Sharing produce not only provides people with fresh locally grown food but generates a conversation about growing food, preparing food and storing food.”

Anyone who would like to help with the weighing and distributing of produce on Mondays is more than welcome.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact de la Salle at 250-546-8335.