LUSH – Let Us Share the Harvest
The idea behind LUSH Valley was conceived in 1999 when a group led by Jean Dugal identified poverty and food security as issues that needed to be addressed in the Comox Valley. Sheila Gridlestone took the lead on what is now known as the Fruit Tree program.
Since registering as a non-profit society in 2000, LUSH Valley has worked towards community food security through various initiatives. While Fruit Tree and Farm Gleaning remain core programs, LUSH Valley has really grown!
Current programs include:
- Fruit Tree & Farm Gleaning: Utilizing teams of volunteers to help ‘Share the Harvest’ and reduce food waste
- Urban Agriculture: Enriching community and supporting individuals to grow their own food
- Healthy Foods Programs: Teaching people of all ages to cook healthy meals and appreciate local food
- Food Share: Distributing Hot Meals and Good Food Boxes to members of our community experiencing food insecurity
- Advocacy: Supporting and promoting food security initiatives
- Comox Valley Food Policy Council: Working with various stakeholders to grow our local food economy
For over 20 years, LUSH Valley has been a catalyst for food-related projects and an advocate for community food security. The organization is devoted to helping the Comox Valley community gain food-systems tools, engage in just and resilient local food systems, and receive equitable access to nourishing food.