Colder, wetter spring affects charity crops

The second drop-off of the year for Plant A Row Grow A Row folks is Saturday afternoon in the Cottonwood Mall south parking lot.

The second drop-off of the year for Plant A Row Grow A Row folks is Saturday afternoon in the Cottonwood Mall south parking lot.

It’s anybody’s guess how much volunteer-grown produce will be going to the local food bank given the dreadful spring and summer weather.

But program coordinator Alanna Clempson of Food Matters Chilliwack has been telling volunteer growers “not to worry” if they don’t have enough produce yet.

Everything’s been delayed by the slower, wetter and colder start to the season, she says.

Everyone is still welcome to stop by between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

“Come by and share your successes thus far over a warm beverage or an apple cider!” says Clempson.

They’ll also be there for folks again next month, in the same spot in the mall parking lot, on Aug. 27.

This weekend’s drop-off also coincides with a garden harvest swap where local garden enthusiasts will be trading and swapping any excess veggies they may have produced in their gardens to date.

The garden harvest swap was initiated because “we value quality, homegrown produce and want to provide an opportunity for locals to fill the gaps of the things they didn’t plant, as well as not waste the excess of the produce they did,” Clempson explains.

At the same time volunteers will be collecting, washing, weighing, and recording donations from Plant A Row growers, that will be later delivered to the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank to feed the hungry.

Find out more at the newly created Food Matters website at:

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