After a $10,000 donation from an unnamed donor, LUSH Valley is 27 percent of the way towards it’s $65,000 goal.

The organization hopes to purchase a permanent residence in central Courtenay. LUSH states they have been without a space of operations for five years, and that the ‘2252 sq ft space would provide certainty for the organization’s operations moving forward.’

After LUSH’s property offer was accepted, a major donor contributed $10,000 towards the down payment. Another donor contributed $5,000. The current total is $18,221. LUSH stated that the full $65,000 is required by the end of September in order for the non-profit to establish the permanent residence.

“LUSH Valley is asking more community members to dig deep and donate to the project that will ensure the organization can continue offering their services to the Comox Valley,” said the organization. “By providing a donation to the purchase of a property, donors are contributing to a legacy and helping realize LUSH Valley’s vision of a food secure Comox Valley.”

The major donor said she was not exposed to farming or vegetable gardening in her suburban childhood in the US. At age 50, she volunteered on a farm while visiting the Comox Valley and said the experience was transformational. 

“Working with LUSH Valley for the past 15 years, I recognize the need for a permanent and secure home for gathering, storing and redistributing local food”, said the organization’s donor. “I have a vision of a long-term, secure space that benefits local farmers, producers, processors and people dealing with food insecurity: a space that offers a commercial kitchen and storage as well as spaces for education and community. I feel so strongly about this organization that I am willing and committed to investing in its long-term success and I hope others in the Valley will do the same.”

More information about the campaign can be found here.