Sebastian Ellis (right) and Marilyn Pond unload manure at the Seventh-day Adventist Church site.

Partnership grows food and understanding in Nelson

The Nelson Food Cupboard is excited to announce a new partnership with Morning Glory Farm and Gardens.

Good things are growing on Granite Road. The Nelson Food Cupboard is excited to announce a new partnership with Morning Glory Farm and Gardens.

Earlier this spring local grower Sebastian Ellis began preparing gardens on land provided by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 1502 Granite Road. So far Ellis and other church members have built seven raised beds and they intend to farm a quarter acre of land this year. Ellis plans to use to the gardens to supply fresh produce to the Nelson Food Cupboard.

Concerns about local food security inspired Ellis to start the project.

“I want everybody to be taken care of. I think people deserve to have healthy, organic food,” said Ellis.

To fulfill this mission Ellis is planning a three year project that will recruit other churches with unused land to grow vegetables, fruits and nuts. Squash, green beans, carrots and potatoes are some of the vegetable crops Ellis plans to donate to the Food Cupboard this year.

The Nelson Food Cupboard is a non-profit food bank that strives to provide customers with a variety of healthy food options. The Food Cupboard encourages local growers to donate excess fruits and vegetables. If needed, the Food Cupboard’s Harvest Rescue volunteers can help bring in the harvest.

“We owe our existence to the generous support of the local community,” said Food Cupboard co-ordinator Anna Kirkpatrick. “Each year we receive thousands of dollars’ worth of donated produce. Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables help us stretch our food dollars further.”

In the long term, Ellis hopes to expand the garden to two or more acres. For now, she is working hard to keep up with farm work and fundraising.

Ellis intends to host occasional community work parties during the growing season.

For more information contact the Nelson Food Cupboard at 250-354-1633 or foodcupboard@shawbiz.ca. To contact Morning Glory Farm and Gardens call 250-777-2189.

 

Just Posted

Trail company bids to replace Greyhound for Nelson-Kelowna run

Silver City Stage Lines has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board

Observant neighbour averts fire disaster

Blueberry resident spots neighbour’s truck on fire.

COLUMN: Carrot thief, forest fires, and a horse-boat collision

Greg Scott brings us news from the archives of the Nelson Daily News fifty years ago

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

VIDEO: Auto repair shop celebrates Nelson mural festival

A painting by Barry Overn at Downtown Automotive turned heads at the festival opening.

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

Bear kills off-leash dog in B.C. park

There have been nearly 200 pet or livestock and bear encounters so far this year

Trudeau says he won’t apologize to heckler, pledges to call out ‘hate speech’

Prime Minister had accused woman of racism as she shouted about illegal immigration at Quebec rally

Most Read