FRUIT TREE PROJECT information will be shared July 23 by the LUSH Valley Food Action Society.

FRUIT TREE PROJECT information will be shared July 23 by the LUSH Valley Food Action Society.

LUSH needs volunteer fruit pickers

Last year, the Fruit Tree Project harvested a total of 8,040 pounds of cherries, plums, grapes, apples, quince, kiwis and more.

LUSH Valley Food Action Society is holding a volunteer orientation session July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at 1126 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay for those interested in getting involved in the Fruit Tree Project.

Since 2002, Lush Valley has operated this program, which sends volunteers to fruit tree owners’ homes and harvests the fruit, leaving  one-third to the owner, bringing one-third to Lush Valley for redistribution in the community and taking one-third home with them to enjoy.

Last year, the Fruit Tree Project harvested a total of 8,040 pounds of cherries, plums, grapes, apples, quince, kiwis and more.

From that, 4,680 pounds of fresh seasonal fruit was distributed to many local organizations that provide emergency food services to people who need it and may not otherwise have access to it.

This year the program would like to include a vegetable component.  Lush Valley is inviting farmers and/or home gardeners to utilize the program as a way to share unwanted extras or seconds of produce.

If you want to dedicate some time to being involved in an important food security tradition in the Comox Valley as well as have fun and take home some fruit, come to the volunteer orientation session July 23.

For more information, e-mail to fruit@lushvalley.org or call 250-331-0152.

— LUSH Valley Food Action Society

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