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Sharing Farm barn gets $10,000 donation

Kin’s Farm Market donated $10,000 on Thursday to The Sharing Farm Society to construct a new processing barn, which will be named Mary’s Barn, after former Richmond Review columnist Mary Gazetas, the co-founder of the Sharing Farm who died in 2012. Celebrating the announcement were Sasha Faminoff, Richmond MP Alice Wong, Kin’s Farm Market’s Kin Wah Leung, Queenie Chu and Kin Hun Leung, and Sharing Farm manager James Gates. Wong challenged other Richmond business to chip in to the $200,000 project, which will allow the primarily volunteer-driven farm to ramp up and increase efficiency for the production of fresh fruit and vegetables earmarked for local families in need.  - Martin van den Hemel
Kin’s Farm Market donated $10,000 on Thursday to The Sharing Farm Society to construct a new processing barn, which will be named Mary’s Barn, after former Richmond Review columnist Mary Gazetas, the co-founder of the Sharing Farm who died in 2012. Celebrating the announcement were Sasha Faminoff, Richmond MP Alice Wong, Kin’s Farm Market’s Kin Wah Leung, Queenie Chu and Kin Hun Leung, and Sharing Farm manager James Gates. Wong challenged other Richmond business to chip in to the $200,000 project, which will allow the primarily volunteer-driven farm to ramp up and increase efficiency for the production of fresh fruit and vegetables earmarked for local families in need.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel

Richmond MP Alice Wong challenged all Richmond businesses to be as generous as Kin’s Farm Market, which on Thursday donated $10,000 to the proposed $200,000 project to build a new barn for the processing and storage of fresh fruits and vegetables destined for local families in need.

Dubbed Mary’s Barn, the barn is named after Mary Gazetas, who helped found the Sharing Farm. She passed away in 2012.

Kin’s Farm Market’s founders Kin Wah Leung and Kin Hung Leung joined director Queenie Chu in making the presentation on Thursday morning.

In business for 27 years, Kin’s now boasts 29 locations across the province, and is involved in numerous community projects.

Kin Hun Leung said he hopes the barn will be built sooner than later.

“We really want to see it. Thanks...for the opportunity to contribute back to the community,”

Wong said she’s optimistic that all three levels of government—the city, province and federal government—will be able to come together to contribute in some fashion toward the raising of the $200,000 for the community facility.

“The barn will provide us the space to grow more food, to process more food, and give more away,” said Sharing Farm manager James Gates.

Some 75 to 80 per cent of the food grown at the Sharing Farm goes to the Richmond Food Bank and community meals in Richmond.

For more information about the Sharing Farm, and the project to build Mary’s Barn, visit sharingfarm.ca.

Gazetas was an artist, author, ex-City of Richmond employee and  former columnist with The Richmond Review.

She was one of the founders of the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, which evolved into the Sharing Farm.

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