We’re Also A Seedlings Exchange

Now that gardening season is truly upon us, we’re happy to use the Community Pantry as a seedlings exchange. We’re dropping off various seeds and seedlings every week for neighbours to use in their own gardens. If you have any extras, please consider bringing some of yours to exchange. #foodisfree

Welcome to the new Moilliet St. Community Pantry

Here it is, our new and improved Moilliet St. Community Pantry, located at 138 Moilliet St. in Parksville. Thanks to the home’s resident, Gaylene,, we were able to implement the idea last April 2020 as a way to share seedlings and garden produce with our Parksville neighbours. Our intention was to encourage more home-gardening and self-sufficiency, as well as just spreading a little kindness in a new, pandemic world. It grew over the summer and kept going through the winter months, with donations of canned goods and other food items.

New and improved Moilliet St. Community pantry, built and stocked with a Neighbourhood Emergency Response grant from Parksville Qualicum Foundation. Feb 26, 2020.

We built the new stand with a grant from the PQB Foundation, and already it’s been embraced by members of the neighbourhood, who’ve been regularly donating food and pantry items.

Last year we shared over 1000 vegetable and greens seedlings, there, and many pounds of garden produce and local fruit, gleaned from neighbourhood trees. This year we hope to double that, or more.

Want to donate your produce, canned goods, seeds or seedlings? Generally you can just drop them off at the property at 138 Moilliet St. Otherwise, send an email to info@pqbfruit.org or Facebook messenger.

Day one of our community pantry, sharing seedlings, soil and spring flowers on April 26, 2020.
Moilliet Street Community Pantry version 2.0. More seedlings and fresh produce, plus some pantry items on the side. June 25, 2020

Neighbourhood Grant For Our Moilliet St. Pantry

Last Tuesday we were notified that our Neighbourhood Small Grant for the Moilliet Street Pantry was approved. It will allow us to keep veggies out of the sun and canned goods out of the rain. We hope to have it out before Christmas to help share a little gratitude. Expect it to look a little something like this

Join Us. Become a volunteer or member of the PQB Fruit Tree Project

Sign up for new volunteer opportunities coming up in for this harvest season, including summer school garden maintenance and harvesting, and fruit tree harvests.

Covid Response and Stated Mission For 2020

Our goal is to work with School District 69 to help increase learning spaces and opportunities on school campuses using greenhouses, hydroponics, and traditional gardens and food forests. We aim to build and facilitate garden programs in our schools, and plant fruit trees on school grounds with the produce to be used by the students and their families. Email pqbfruit@gmail.com if you think this project is right for your child’s school.

Forward House Greens Project

In May 2020 we received a Neighbourhood Emergency Response Grant to build and maintain a hydroponic organic greens system to grow kale, lettuce and Swiss chard for one of Parksville’s community organizations, Forward House. Thanks to Surly Dan’s Urban Farm and his expertise, we’ve been dropping off bins of organic food to the group ever since.

Forward House is a resource for young people with mental health challenges, located in Parksville. They offer support and safety to many local clients, including offering meals and fellowship to these somewhat vulnerable citizens.

Our hydroponic NFT system in action
Bringing the good stuff to our friends at Forward House
Getting started
Ready to plant

Our Sharing Table in Downtown Parksville

We maintain a #foodisfree sharing table in downtown Parksville at 138 Moilliet St. at Hirst Ave. So far this year we’ve shared over 1000 seedlings for local gardens, plus many pounds of garden produce and canned staples. The aim is to build community and food security and sustainability, one small step at a time.

Our sharing table at 138 Moilliet St in Parksville. Your excess garden produce is always welcome.

Register Your Tree For Picking

The PQB Fruit Tree Project uses volunteers to pick fruit trees using the standard model for this type of initiative. 1/3 goes to the homeowner, 1/3 to the volunteer, and 1/3 to the Food Bank.

Welcome to the PQB Fruit Tree Project

PQB Fruit Tree Project is a Parksville / Qualicum non-profit organization committed to identifying and making use of our local food sources, including fruit trees and gardens, and distributing them to our local community. The Art Farm at the MAC, a 4000 square foot public garden, is our biggest current and ongoing project. Visit our Community Pantry at 138 Moillet St.