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New beginnings sprout at Richmond’s Sharing Farm

By Lorraine Graves

Published 1:02 PDT, Fri March 20, 2020

Spring is a time for new things, and that is especially true at Richmond’s Sharing Farm. 

“We are busy planting seeds. We have already planted our onions, tomatoes and peppers, and will be planting more over the next few weeks,” says executive director Sarah Drewery. “The seedlings are in our nursery in the barn at the moment, under grow lights and on heat mats. As the temperatures rise we will move them into the greenhouses and finally out into the fields.”

It’s also time for volunteers to begin signing up. Wednesday volunteering starts March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday sessions start April 9 at the same time.

The Saturday Friends of the Fields program, which operates from 10 a.m. to noon, starts April 25. Volunteers can be any age, but children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The popular harvest basket program is another sign of spring. A $595 donation to the Sharing Farm garners 17 weekly pick-ups of the farm’s freshest bounty, picked that day. It works out to $35 per week for two or three grocery bags full of produce. 

Each week’s offerings are enough produce to feed a family of four, says Drewery. “Shares may be split with a friend, either splitting the box each week or alternating pick- up weeks. If you can’t find someone to share with you, email us ( and we may be able to pair you with someone,” she adds. 

This year, the farm has a new manager. 

“After five seasons at The Sharing Farm, (former manager) Kristjan Johannson has moved on to fields new. Stepping into his boots is our new farm manager, Melad Charkhabi,” says Drewery.

Charkhabi previously worked at Everdale Farm, a community teaching farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

“You can find Melad hard at work in the fields, planting seeds. We’re really excited to have him on our team and looking forward to an awesome 2020 season,” says Drewery.

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