Bringing healthy, local food to families in need simply makes sense in these trying times. We launched Farms to Friends this summer to do just that, and it’s been so successful, we’re extending it to the end of the year. 

With funding from a few grants and a lot of business sponsors and individual donors, Farms to Friends has EcoSociety staff and a group of committed volunteers delivering fresh local produce every week to low income families and seniors in the West Kootenays.

We’ve been working with three local organic farms to bring weekly deliveries of their produce to 54 low income families in communities from Balfour to Rossland. The families are very appreciative, and it’s given the local farmers some guaranteed sales in this difficult year.

Initially we planned to do this for 16 weeks, until the end of October. We’ve had tremendous support from local businesses, organizations and individuals sponsoring a week, a month, or the whole season. You’ve been so supportive, we’re now able to extend our deliveries to these families right until the end of the year.

It’s also given Farms to Friends the opportunity to work with different farmers for November and December, providing a different selection of fresh produce, including eggs from Kootenay Natural Meats in Creston.

“I just really want to let you and the EcoSociety know how much me and my family appreciate the weekly veggie bag program. It not only gives us a bag full of healthy, local produce, but also the feeling of dignity that comes with the ability of feeding ourselves to our standards, even though financially it is rather tight at times. Our gratitude to you, the EcoSociety and the local farmers who are participating in this program,” says Maud, one of the Farms to Friends recipients.

Farms to Friends coordinator Craig Mullin picks up the food at the farms and distributes it to volunteers in each community who then deliver the food to people and families while following a safe, no contact, protocol.

Our team of volunteers have been great. We would not have been able to make this project a success without your help.

We would like to continue the deliveries into 2021 with root vegetables, eggs and other local produce to help people through the hardest months of the Kootenay winter. You can still sponsor a family if you want to be part of Farms to Friends.