CLOVERDALE - About 35,000 pounds of produce has been sent to local food banks and charities already this season from God's Little Acre Farm, but there is still 100,000 to 200,000 pounds of vegetables yet to harvest.
After farm operator Jas Singh put a call out to the community to help pick the crop last month, nearly 600 people answered his call and volunteered.
Singh urges the community to keep helping to ensure the rest of the produce - which includes carrots, red potatoes, mixed squash and more - can make it to food banks' shelves and ultimately in the mouths of those in need.
Singh began his project three years ago, growing 62,000 pounds of potatoes on three acres of land, all donated to those in need. The project has grown to include 34 acres this year.
Next year, Singh has 60 acres to farm, thanks to people stepping up and offering their land. The project's farms will grow to include a blueberry farm and land behind the Honeybee Centre on Fraser Highway.
Volunteer days are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call Singh at 604-375-1172 to help.
There is another big project happening to help fill local food banks - the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive, which started Sept. 9.
The Thanksgiving Food Drive, now in its fifth year, is a province-wide non-demoninational, community-oriented project. Organizers hope to gather more than 350,000 pounds of food, all of which will stay in the community where it is gathered.
Donation bags are sent out and residents are encouraged to fill them with non-perishable food items. The main collection day will be on Sept. 21.
with files from Carolyn Cooke
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