Organic Blueberry Plant Sale at Formosa Nursery planned for Mothers’ Day - May 13th, 2007
Organic Blueberry Plant Sale at Formosa Nursery planned for Mothers’ Day to raise funds to re-establish Pitt Meadows
farm hit hard by highway construction
Pitt Meadows, BC. On Sunday, May 13th, (Mothers Day) a farming family from Pitt Meadows, Ting Wu and Risa Lin will be selling 1000 cuttings from their organic blueberry plants in honour of Ting’s mother who started Formosa Farm thirty years ago from thousands of cuttings she collected from other farmers. Funds raised will help relocate blueberry plants, the nursery and greenhouses now that a portion of their land has been expropriated to build the Abernethy Connector highway, part of the Golden Ears Bridge project.
During their struggle to save their land from expropriation by Translink, an interesting coalition gathered around Ting and Risa: environmental groups, food activists, farmers, friends and supporters from the Taiwanese community, the media, and politicians from all parties. Many of these supporters will be volunteering at the Mothers’ Day event.
“We’re really happy to be involved in this event to help Ting and Risa get back on their feet. At the same time we want to reinforce how important it is to preserve farmland and how fragile our hold on it is in the face of unchecked development,” said Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee.
“More and more people are buying into the “eat local” mentality. It is vital that we support farmers who are growing our food locally for us,” says Spring Gillard, local author and member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council.
In spite of the devastation and threat to their organic status, Ting and Risa have decided to stay on and rebuild their farm. Their courage is all the more remarkable given that another road may take the top half of their farm. That road, the Abernethy Extension, if approved by government, would open the way for more shopping centres and big box malls to be built on farmland.
“If you care about the preservation of farmland, if you want to support farmers, if you believe in buying, eating and growing locally, then bring your mother – bring your entire family - to Formosa Nursery on Sunday. Buy Mom a blueberry plant so we can raise some funds to help with this farm’s renewal,” said Foy.
Mother’s Day Event:
Formosa Nursery Organic Blueberry Farm
Blueberry Plant & Cutting
Sunday, May 13, 10am to 3pm
Cuttings and Plants starting from $10
Address:12617-203rd St. Maple Ridge