Donations/fundraisers for the Similkameen Farmworkers Campground

Campground for farmworkers update

Campers make their way back to the Similkameen Farmworkers Campground last week. Fundraisers are taking place through the summer to help bring basic amenities to the site.

Campers make their way back to the Similkameen Farmworkers Campground last week. Fundraisers are taking place through the summer to help bring basic amenities to the site.

The farmworkers campground is well into its season and there have been approximately 300 campers who have used the camp so far this year and on any given day there have been approximately fifty campers camping at the site, according to our camp manager, Terry Dickenson.

The campground society is actively  involved in generating additional funds for the campground by selling a locally produced book entitled “ Pickers Paradise” written and illustrated by Jamie Hatoum one of our recently designated board of directors. With her permission the society has published this very informative piece of work with tips on how to respect and get along in the valley and how to make money harvesting with additional information about the local edible plants and hazards surrounding our semi-arid desert as well as picking tips for all fruits. This publication is available free to anyone donating $25 for the campground society or it can be purchased by itself for $5.

Our Society has received a donation of six bicycles in need of repair from President Ron Worth of Oliver Crime Watch.

Loose Bay Farmworkers Campground in Oliver will also receive bicycles as well. Melissa Fontaine and Jamie Hatoum, both on the society board of directors have collected these bikes in Oliver and will bring them to another volunteer in Keremeos to tinker with them to get them  into working condition. We are looking for any organization, store or group to donate bicycle tires; pumps etc. for these repairs. Please contact Doe at 250-499-2952 or Melissa Fountain at 250-499-4232  or Marji Basso in Oliver at 250-498-0503.

In the near future there will an event at the local pub created by “Moondance Productions”. Look for advertising for this fundraiser! A portion of the money collected will go towards the Similkameen. Farmworkers Campground Society.