A South Surrey farm that supplies thousands of pounds of food to local food banks has grown so large that the produce is at risk of going to waste without new volunteers to help harvest the crop.
God’s Little Acre, at 16582 40 Ave., has expanded from an eight-acre plot in its first year to 34 this year, the farm’s third.
In the first two years, farm volunteers estimated more than 100,000 pounds of fresh vegetables have been donated to individuals, food banks and other charitable organizations in need.
According to farm founder Jas Singh, there are currently 265,000 pounds of vegetables in the ground, ready to be harvested.
“The farm has its usual volunteers but they can hardly keep up with weeding and can only do minimal harvesting,” said Teresa Lynne, one of the farm’s volunteers, in an email.
“Most of the crops will survive sitting in the ground. However, we desperately need awareness.”
In addition to the original eight-acre plot, God’s Little Acre has expanded to include a 12-acre Kid’s Farm, where youngsters can learn about farming; and a four-acre plot where pickling cucumbers are grown for sale. Proceeds from the sale of cucumbers help pay the farm’s operating costs.
Last spring, Singh – a part-time truck driver who has, for now, given up life on the road to focus on his charitable farming endeavour – began construction of a greenhouse.
At least 100 volunteers are needed to meet the current harvesting demands, Lynne said.
Volunteer days at God’s Little Acre are every Saturday until Oct. 31, and every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. until dark.
To volunteer – or to order cucumbers – call Singh at 604-375-1172 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org