Good news! The box program will start in two weeks. More specifically, the first pick-ups of the season are planned for:
- Tuesday, June 9th, at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre (380 Cook Street), from 4:30 to 6 PM, and;
- Friday, June 12th, at Wind Whipped Farm in Metchosin (4645 William Head Rd), from 4:00 to 6 PM.
Members who selected weekly home deliveries will receive their first box on Thursday, June 11th, between 4:00 and 6:00 PM.
We will contact members again with a reminder and any additional info before the first pickup.
We reached full capacity for the Local Food Box less than a week after opening registration. Thanks to everyone who signed up and helped spread the word about the Local Food Box. Our apologies to those of you we have not been able to include this year. We are currently expanding Wind Whipped Farm in order to grow our program and take in more members in 2021.
To ensure social distancing and minimize potential transmission, we are making some changes to our pickup system:
- Members will no longer reach in the bins themselves to grab their item of choice. We will handle all the food until the end of the food pickup line. You will still be able to chose the vegetables you want and let us know if you want to swap anything.
- Markers will help all of us maintain the 2 metre distance.
- Bring reusable bags if you want, paper bags will be available.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- The pick-ups are (usually) busiest in the first half hour. If you are trying to minimize exposure, we suggest that you come in the second half of the pickup window.
- If you have any COVID related symptoms, please stay home and get someone else to pick-up for you. If this is not possible, let us know as soon as possible and we will deliver the box to your home. We charge a $10 fee for home deliveries. However, this fee can be waived for anyone who is experiencing symptoms and facing financial challenges.
Please keep in mind this is new for us. We appreciate your cooperation and support, and welcome all feedback and suggestions.
Wind Whipped Farm Spring Update
Thanks to our great team of farm workers, as well as some great contractors, we have been able to advance farm expansion projects while also growing food. During the dry weather-window in late April we were able to excavate out the top soil around our workshop. We brought in 193 metric tons of gravel to resurface and expand our farm driveway and parking as well as make room for more work space around the workshop.
These spring crops are just about to take off. In the next 2 to 4 weeks we will be harvesting chard, spinach, mache, sugar snap peas, zucchinis and kale from this field.
These baby pac choi are looking pretty happy and snug under insect row cover. The very fine mesh of the insect row cover protects the plants from insects like flea beetles and cabbage moths…and requires a lot of rock bags to hold in place when the wind gets whipping.
In the spring we removed a few diseased trees to open up another small field within our deer-fenced area. The new field has been plowed, amended, and covered for over a month with black plastic. We are now starting to shape garden beds.
We look forward to the start of the box program.
All the best,
Alex and Virginie