at the Salvation Army Food Bank
Food is now growing at the Salvation Army Food Bank at 441 3rd St S.E. in Salmon Arm as we embark on the installation of the “Lighthouse Community Food Forest” on their front lawn area! This previously dry and compacted piece of grass will be transformed over the next year into a lush, productive polyculture of fruit trees, berries, perennial pollinator-friendly flowers, and annual and perennial edible plants.
We’ve made an ambitious plan that will be taking shape over the next year and the food grown will go directly to those in need of healthy, local food.
Stay tuned for more updates.
We’ll Need Your Help!
–Volunteers in May to help with planting seeds & seedlings, assembling trellises and regular watering/wedding/harvesting. Dates and times subject to change based on weather.
May 18th, 1:00-4:00pm
Planting tomato seedlings, peppers, setting up trellises, building a compost system, completion of the rainwater harvesting system and more!
Starting this Spring 2022 we’d love to have you help out! If you are a nursery or service group that would like to donate:
Contact Us or email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call
250-307-6595 and we’ll be in touch!
If you’d like to donate to the Salvation Army click here. Thank you in advance!
Centrally-located, the mini food forest will be a beacon of food security at a time when it’s needed more than ever.
Actions Completed To Date:
We installed 7 “hugelkultur” beds on site in October with the help of some fantastic and hard-working volunteers. Hugulkultur beds are a great way to not only build soil, but do so in such a way as to increase the water-holding capacity of the soil, which is more important than ever after the extreme heat and dryness of 2021. Two of the hugels have already been planted with garlic for harvest next summer.
With the generous help of the Girl Guides, we also planted Spring flower bulbs (daffodils and crocus) around the future fruit tree areas to invite pollinators to the site.
-10 Steel Raised Garden Beds were assembled and filled
-6 fruit trees and 3 shrubs were planted
This project is happening with the generous and enthusiastic participation of The Shuswap Food Action Society.