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Sharing Farm is midway to goal of building farm centre
With $33,000 raised so far for the construction of a new operations centre for The Sharing Farm, roughly another $30,000 would allow them to build the structure to the lock-up stage.
That would provide them with an immediately usable space which they so desperately need to continue to supply nutritious fruits and vegetables to needy local families.
“We really appreciate the support we’ve received so far,” said Sharing Farm’s Gretchen Frazer, who added that although the skeleton staff are “seriously struggling” the operations are still going forward.
Frazer said the kit to build the garage costs $45,000, but that doesn’t include the cost of the foundation or the roof, which total another $15,000.
And although getting to the lock-up stage doesn’t provide a facility that’s completed on the inside, it’s still a usable space, Frazer said.
While RONA Richmond owner Mack Foster has chipped in with $15,000, and VanCity has provided another $15,000, there’s also $7,500—provided by VanCity and the Richmond Rotary Club—that’s waiting to be spent on a walk-in cooler.
Trouble is, without a building, there’s no place for the walk-in cooler to be constructed.
Local firefighters and police officers have also stepped forward to show their support for the initiative.
They’ve offered to do the labour for the build, which is worth another $40,000 or so.
Some $3,000 in materials has also been donated.
Fundraising efforts will continue during the farm’s popular Garlic Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More than 1,000 pounds of garlic in three varieties—Italian Red, Music and Korean Purple—will be for sale.
The western end of Westminster Highway that leads to The Sharing Farm will be closed to traffic that day, so visitors are advised to park at the City of Richmond works yard, on Lynas Lane, where a shuttle service will bring people to and from the farm roughly every 20 minutes.
Festival-goers are also invited to park at Spul’uk’wuks elementary and walk over.
To contribute to The Sharing Farm’s rebuild of its operations centre, visit tinyurl.com/TheSharingFarm.