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Aaron Bichard of Cowichan Recyclists and Brock McLeod of Makaria Farm. - Andrew Leong/file
Aaron Bichard of Cowichan Recyclists and Brock McLeod of Makaria Farm.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

What self-respecting Earth-lover doesn't want his or her leafy greens in the greenest manner possible?

The answer to that rhetorical question is being supplied by a pair of Cowichan's environmental standard-bearers: Makaria Farm and Cowichan Recyclists.

The two award-winning local businesses are poised to offer bicycle delivery of farm-fresh Cowichan produce to Duncan homes and workplaces this summer.

According to media release, starting in June, Cowichan Recyclists will use bicycles and custom-built trailers to deliver bags of Makaria Farm's organic vegetables each week to customers who have signed up for a 21-week vegetable subscription at $23 a week.

"We're always thinking about how to make it easier for people to access our food," farmer Brock McLeod said in the release. "We've had a vegetable subscription program every summer since 2008, and offering delivery is a logical next step for us."

"Partnering with Cowichan Recyclists to deliver by bike makes a lot of sense for us, given our values as an organic farm."

of Cowichan Recyclists said the pilot project will benefit his downtown Duncan community in many ways.

"Our partnering with Makaria Farm is what the local movement is all about," Recyclist Aaron Bichard said. "It's about supporting our neighbours and creating a healthier community. By delivering people's vegetables to their door, we're giving them more time to do the important things in life, like spending time with their family or going for a walk."

The Duncan Business Improvement Association's MaryAnn Hartley encouraged the downtown Duncan community to support the pilot project.

"The Duncan BIA supports this innovative venture and encourages all who work downtown to give serious thought to subscribing to the program," Hartley said.

"It saves you time, keeps cars out of downtown, reduces emissions, supports the local economy in a sustainable way, reduces the carbon footprint, encourages a healthy lifestyle – a win-win for all! Please consider subscribing."

To sign up for Makaria Farm's Vegetable Share CSA Program, visit www.makariafarm.com.

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