Ken touring GVFB staff around his farm

Ken Witzke has been involved with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for over 30 years. An only child of farmers, Ken grew up in Kelowna and has lived in the area his whole life, finally settling in Winfield, BC to farm 32 acres of orchards.

Ken helped revolutionize the fruit industry in the Okanagan through his background in science and marketing (1969 BSc. Applied Science and 1971 UBC MBA graduate). Did you know he also speaks 6 different languages!?

Since 1985, he has ensured GVFB clients and Community Agency Partners have access to fresh, local in-season produce like cherries, apricots, apples, plums and pears through donations and purchased products. We are proud to support local farmers like Ken and rely on longstanding relationships to make sure our clients and community agency partners are receiving some of the highest quality food that our province has to offer.

In 2019, we purchased 73,257lbs from Ken which includes 48,179 lbs of apples, 12,283 lbs of pears and 8,795 lbs of cherries!