Since the year 2000, LUSH Valley has been working across the Comox Valley to help people gain local food systems skills, knowledge and access to good food. We see good food as a vehicle for empowerment, social justice, celebration and community well being.

We are recognized by Community Food Centres Canada as a Good Food Organization and are an Island Health Food Security Hub. We collaborate with diverse partners towards a food secure future for all.

Check out our strategic plan to see our priorities for the next three years.


Maurita Prato

Executive Director

 Terri Perrin

Communications and Program Management

James McKerricher

Fruit Tree Program Coordinator

Emma Hutchison

Community Garden Coordinator


Jen Wrye


James McKerricher

Vice President

Michael Williams


Karen Comer


Bridget Horel

Member at Large

Zack Haigh

Member at Large


Sonja Limberger Young Cooks and Community Kitchen Facilitator

Alberto Pozzolo Young Cooks and Dad’s Night Out Facilitator

Diana Newson Young Cooks Facilitator

Jonathan Frazier Young Cooks Facilitator

Emma Hutchison Community Kitchen Facilitator

Lynda Smith Community Kitchen Facilitator

Carol Thibodeau Food Skills for Healthy Families Program Facilitator

Eliza Haugrud Dad’s Night Out Facilitator


We do not have any employment opportunities at this time.


    LUSH Valley is one of eight Vancouver Island Health Authority Island Food Security Hubs across the island. The Food Security Hubs are a collective of organizations working together with Island Health and other community partners across the Island Region to support healthy food systems, address food insecurity and ultimately improve health. The Food Atlas is a major project of the Island Food Hubs.

    LUSH Valley is recognized as a Good Food Organization. A project of Community Food Centres Canada, the Good Food Organizations program aims to increase, connect and support community food security organizations striving to offer healthy and dignified food programs in their communities. By working together through a set of shared principles, the Good Food Organizations program connects like-minded organizations around the country in a collective commitment to achieving a healthy and fair food system.