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Fruit and vegetable picking to help low-income families

Tuesday, September 24 2013

This post relates to La Ferme Michaud Farm

Radio-Canada
September 18, 2013

Kent Food Security Network in New Brunswick is conducting a pilot project to help low-income families in the region. The group organizes fruit and vegetable pickings on farmland where the harvest has already taken place to glean the few remaining vegetables. Harvested foods help families eat better and reduce their bills at the grocery store.

Twenty volunteers take part in these pickings. Half of the products is sent to the food bank, and the other is kept by the people who come to pick.

The idea of such a project came from Joanne Roy, coordinator of Kent Food Security Network. She was inspired by stories that reported similar initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia in particular.

This project was well received by producers, such as Michaud Farm in Bouctouche (and member of Really Local Harvest Co-op). It allows them to avoid throwing fruits and vegetables without having to manage the whole process of delivery to the food bank…

Since early summer, volunteers gathered more than 5,700 pounds of fruit and vegetables, that without the gleaners, would have ended up in the trash.

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