Promoting local agriculture on Salt Spring Island & Southern Gulf Islands by acquiring, managing and leasing land for farming.
We grow community. Providing infrastructure and support for a new generation of islanders.
We are Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust
Connecting Farmland, Farmers, and Food
We believe that food sustainability is a social, cultural and economic priority. We are committed to protecting agricultural land for future generations. The SSI Farmland Trust is part of a community of organizations intent on increasing food sustainability on Salt Spring Island. In the short term we are all working to put more local food on more Salt Spring Island tables so that everyone gets a taste of the delicious difference between imported food that travels thousands of kilometres compared with field-ripened fresh food that is grown right here at home.
We run three programs on Salt Spring Island. The Root, currently under construction, will provide a facility for storage and processing of farm produce from all over the island. The Burgoyne Valley Community Farm offers 60 acres of fine valley farmland for lease to farmers. The Shaw Family Community Gardens are adjacent to Burgoyne Valley Community Farm and provide 96 garden plots to anyone wanting to grow food. Click here for an overview of all of our programs and to find out how you can get involved.
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING FOR THE ROOT
Autumn means harvest and delicious meals prepared with the abundance of local foods that Salt Spring offers. We invite you to join us at two great fundraising events for the Root this month, featuring the former “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr.
On October 22 at 7:30 pm, hear him speak at Art Spring about all things food-related, and his vast career. Mr Kerr has kindly donated copies of his cook book The Gathering Place, which can be purchased at the event for $50, with proceeds going to the Root. Tickets are available at Art Spring/artspring.ca for $20/$15 members.
Then see Graham Kerr in action on October 23 at 5:30pm, when he will give a special culinary presentation as honorary host of the Harvest Gathering Dinner at the Sailing Club. The 3-course meal with wine pairings will feature local ingredients, made from recipes inspired by Kerr’s recent trip to the Caribbean: Spiced Chard & Shrimp – spicy prawns on a bed of sautéed local chard, with a hint of lemongrass; Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder Frenchie – served with a blend of local red wine, peppers & herbs, accompanied by sweet potatoes and kale; Purple Porridge – a cornmeal pudding parfait with oats, local organic berries & nuts. Tickets are $105 each and can be purchased at Salt Spring Books, cash or cheque only. LEARN MORE
What We Do
The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society’s vision of maintaining the pastoral and agricultural heritage of Salt Spring Island is a priority of Salt Spring Island Area Farm Plan (2008). The Farmland Trust was established to help this community turn the corner on the eroding farm base on Salt Spring and provide opportunities to farmers. It is the vision of the Farmland Trust to help create access to affordable land, while offering other compatible agricultural uses for the community. The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is developing and managing community gardens, pairing landowners with landless growers, and building infrastructure for long-term island food sustainability.
The help we need to achieve our goals is:
- VOLUNTEER: Individuals who wish to support this worthwhile project with some volunteer hours or equipment please contact us.
- DONATE: we are fundraising to build The Root. Learn more about this project here. Please pitch in! Visit Canada Helps to make a tax deductible contribution to Salt Spring Farmland Trust.
- STAY IN TOUCH: Sign up for our mailing list & get updates from SSI Farmland Trust
The Root will be a new resource for Salt Spring Island farmers, food producers and the community. It will be a centrally-located processing, distribution and storage centre for local farm food, operated on a break-even basis as an incubator for increased local food production.
Our aim is to increase production on Salt Spring by making it easier for local growers to bring their harvest to market, add value to it and connect with consumers on the island and in the surrounding region. READ MORE >>
Autumn means harvest and delicious meals prepared with the abundance of local foods that Salt Spring offers. We invite you to join us at two great fundraising events for the Root this month, featuring the former “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr. On October 22 at 7:30...read more
Enjoy these lovely photos from a very enjoyable Burgoyne Valley Community Farm potluck! So much delicious food in season and so many great dishes to share. This is what food security looks...read more
EVERYONE WELCOME. Please come to “UNDERSTANDING HONEY BEES” Honey bees pollinate 1/3 or more of the food we eat! Learn about honey bees and their importance for food production. Presented by: Wendi Gilson, Black Horse Apiary Time: July 9th 7-9PM Venue: Salt Spring...read more