The community of Oliver will benefit from two new projects aimed to connect residents with fresh and accessible produce. The Harvest Hut and Edible Pathways projects have started this spring at a launch event held on May 27.
The Harvest Hut creates a space for members of the community to share fresh produce. Anyone with more food in their garden or farm than they can consume is invited to bring their extras to the hut. Members of the public can then visit the hut and take the produce home with them.
The hut is open to all members of the public, not only those battling food insecurity, coordinator Julie Forster said. “We simply want to connect anyone wanting produce with anyone that has more than they can eat, and you don’t have to bring something to take something,” she said.
Although the hut itself is still in the works, moving forward the Harvest Hut will operate every Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Town of Oliver parking lot on Main Street between Edward Jones and Oliver Garden.
Meanwhile, food will also be available through the new Edible Pathways project anytime.
The Edible Pathways project includes planters on the north end of Main Street in Oliver which are growing vegetables and herbs, free for community members to take and use as needed.
The project is modeled after Trail’s IncrEDIBLE Green Route and inspired by Penticton’s Incredible Edible Garden, Town of Oliver Food Action coordinator Caitlyn Bennett said. “Local community food movements are growing and we are learning from them,” she said. “We hope this project can engage businesses and citizens while bringing awareness to Oliver’s long-term food systems strategy.”