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.
HELP BUILD THE ROOT
Do you love eating produce and foods from Salt Spring Island and would like to see even more available all year long?
Do you care about making the island more food self-sufficient, so we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with imported food?
Would you like to see more jobs in local farm and food businesses?
If so, you’ll want to donate and be part of building The Root!
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: