Promoting local agriculture on Salt Spring Island by acquiring, managing and leasing land for farming.
We are Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust
Connecting Community Farmland, Farmers, and Food
We believe that food sustainability is a priority. It nourishes our community socially, culturally and physically. 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.
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What We Do
The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society’s vision of maintaining the 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 increase local food production. It is the vision of the Farmland Trust to promote local agriculture by making more land available for food production.
We provide community gardens, infrastructure and local education on food production, processing, and storage for long term community food sustainability.
Our current fundraising priority is building the Root. Help us achieve our goal:
The Root is a new resource for Salt Spring Island farmers, food producers and the community. The site is centrally located on Beddis Road. The Root’s seed bank is now up and running. The new facility will be a centre for education, processing, and storage for local farm food.
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.
We are honoured and excited that Adam Olsen MLA made a statement in the legislature about the importance of the SSI Farmland Trust. View his speech...read more
Our fall began with two fundraisers involving the exuberant and charming Graham Kerr “Galloping Gourmet”. Graham was a guest at The Salt Spring Form at ArtSpring, and gave a great talk mixed with life’s anecdotes and the importance of locally based food and working...read more
In November, Lana Popham, the Minister of Agriculture and Adam Olsen our MLA paid our island a visit to congratulate us on the award of $100,000 grant from the province’s Rural Dividend Program. They toured the Farm Land Trust’s Burgoyne Valley Community Farm, and the...read more