It’s (hockey) game on at God’s Little Acre Farm in Surrey (w/ video, photos)

Published: February 6, 2014

JOHN COLEBOURN
VANCOUVER DESI

Jas Singh is in a battle with Mother Nature to flood his field in Surrey in time to open for public skating on Friday.

With the water hose going non-stop, Singh is confident the ice will be top quality when skaters and hockey players arrive Friday to live out the Canadian dream and play on an outdoor skating rink.

Singh is the driving force behind God’s Little Acre Farm, a non-profit operation that supplies food banks around the Greater Vancouver area with fresh produce.

Last year the farm produced 200,000 pounds of produce to be distributed, and this year Singh is hoping to harvest 500,000 pounds for food banks.

But right now he just wants good ice for visitors to the property at 16582 – 40 Avenue in Surrey.

“We’ve been flooding the rink non-stop,” said Singh, who recalls that the last time he was able to get the right weather to flood a field was 13 years ago.

“There hasn’t been an opportunity like this for many years,” he said Thursday.  “It hasn’t been clear and cold like this for a long time.”

Other than having to break the ice in a creek to get a hose in to pump out the water, the flooding has been going well, and Singh predicts quality ice for the entire weekend.

He’s expecting people of all ages to show up in the next few days while the temperature stays well below the seasonal average.

“The main thing is to get the public involved,” Singh said of the upcoming skating party.

Starting this summer, Singh will have a food bank set up on the property and he is asking people who come to skate to put in a donation to help with the operating costs of producing the vegetables for the needy.

The rink is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Friday and Singh advises people to check God’s Little Acre Farm on Facebook for any updates on the conditions.

According to Environment Canada, the bitter cold is expected to stick around until early Sunday, when the clear weather and high pressure system will start to break down.

Clouds are expected to move in, and the forecast for Sunday is for a 30-per-cent chance of flurries with a low of minus-8 C and a high of zero. Monday’s forecast is for periods of snow with a low of minus-6 and a high of 1.

On Tuesday there will be periods of snow or rain with a high of 4 and a low of minus-1. The long-range forecast for Wednesday is for rain with a high of 8 and a low of 2.



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Jas Singh stands out on the flooded squash fields at God's Little Acre that will open for outdoor skating during the cold weather, Surrey February 06 2014. Gerry Kahrmann/PNG

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