This regular feature will highlight the activities of the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden (FOGs), a close-knit volunteer group at the Garden, as they continue their contributions and community during the pandemic and beyond.
FOGs harvest produce for UBC student Harvest Hampers: October 15, 2020
#FOGStories: Every week since September, Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden have been hard at work harvesting and preparing produce in the Food Garden. Their efforts go towards the Harvest Hampers initiative, which delivers fresh Garden produce and cooking essentials to students in need on campus. FOGs are seen here shelling harvested beans and harvesting lemongrass in the Garden besides a beautiful quince tree. With the help of FOGs, 515 pounds of produce in 54 hampers have been distributed in the past six weeks.
The Harvest Hamper initiative involves many communities coming together to address immediate concerns about food security in the UBC area. Learn more about this initiative here: [link]
Photos taken by Kathy Mullen.
FOGs reimagine UBC Apple Fest as UBC Apple Market: October 8, 2020
UBC Apple Festival looks a little different this year! Working tirelessly together with Garden staff, the FOGs reinvented the beloved Apple Festival into UBC Apple Market to offer this annual celebration of BC’s apples online.
Apple Market has been a big success, and we’re still selling apple trees and more on the online store. We are all amazed by the enthusiastic response for Apple Market and are grateful to be able to support local BC growers and foster love for apples during these challenging times.
Our wonderful FOGs will be helping guests who purchased online during our pick up days at the Garden October 16-18. Make sure to say hello!
Photo taken by Diane Donaldson. Disclaimer: Photo was taken before COVID-19 pandemic.