God’s Little Acre Farm opened in Surrey in 2011 with nothing more than $120.00 and the vision and determination of Jas Singh.
Singh received the farm at no cost but had minimal equipment and tools. He planted only three acres of the 30-acre hay field he had acquired because that was all he could afford and maintain on his own.
During that first season, Singh yielded 62,000 lbs of potatoes that were all donated to the Surrey Food Bank. To do so, Singh worked long hours, usually living below the poverty line himself, determined that he would make his dream a reality.
Singh funded the farm himself by working on other farms, borrowing equipment and even driving a truck on the weekends. In 2013 the farm came alive with volunteers after Singh made a plea to the media for help.
When Singh had a crop ready for harvest he didn’t enough helping hands to get it out of the ground before it rotted. His call was heard across the Lower Mainland and 580 volunteers showed up at the farm from all walks of life to help.
God’s Little Acre donated 200,000 lbs of vegetables to needy individuals, soup kitchens, food banks as well as schools for their lunch programs that year.
With the support and encouragement of the public and a growing database of volunteers, Singh is determined to keep going with the “poorest farm in B.C.”
God’s Little Acre has developed into five farms totalling 70 acres and two retail locations that help to offset the costs of the charitable side of the farms operations.
With goal of taking his dream national, Singh launched God’s Little Acre Saskatchewan and launched a Go Fund Me Campaign to raise $50,000 to buy the much-needed equipment and machinery to effectively run the farms and meet his lofty goal of growing 500,000 pounds of produce to donate to those who are less fortunate.
You can contribute to the on-going Go Fund Me campaign or drop by and visit the farm.
Pull on your work boots and head to the farm to get your hands dirty helping Singh and the rest of the volunteers; everyone is always welcome.
Ed. note: An article published by Vancouver Desi on March 4, 2015, points to a recent controversy between God’s Little Acre Farm and local food banks. Those wishing to support Singh and the farm are urged to contribute to the Go Fund Me campaign, and/or attend a rally at the farm on Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m.
God’s Little Acre Farm
Address: 16582-40th Avenue, South Surrey
Hours: Wednesday: 4 p.m. to dark and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Article written by Jennifer Erickson. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @kidsdirectory