For Luis Reyes, growing fresh produce to help feed the hungry is a "dream come true." Reyes, an agronomist hailing from Chile, is the lead gardener for the London Food Bank's greenhouse operation which opened last year.
The 30 by 17-foot greenhouse, located behind the Food Bank, has produced tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, broccoli, carrots, okra, beets, lettuce, kale and more within 1,400 one-gallon grow boxes. The food is sent out to clients on the same day it's harvested to ensure they are receiving the best possible nutrition.
"I think it's the best thing in the world to have this kind of opportunity to work in this kind of situation," said Reyes. The London Food Bank's main greenhouse runs throughout the year, allowing for growth in any weather condition.
The project was first announced during CBC's Sound of the Seasons program less than two years ago. Glen Pearson, who serves as executive director of the London Food Bank, said that announcement sparked a wider interest among Londoners to grow and donate even more fresh food for those in need.
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