Promoting local agriculture on Salt Spring Island by acquiring, managing and leasing land for farming.
Committed to maintaining and growing the pastoral and agricultural heritage of Salt Spring Island
A catalyst for change, supporting our island’s transition to greater reliance on food grown right here at home.
We grow community. Providing infrastructure and support for a new generation of islanders.

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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!

Your donations are tax deductible in Canada. You can also donate by cheque: make payable to SSI Farmland Trust and mail to P.O. Box 738, SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC , V8K 2W3

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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:

Volunteer and stay in touch: 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.

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RECENT NEWS

Foraging and Feasting for the Root on tap in October

October is the month to get informed about local food. As part of Local Food Month, the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is bringing Bill Jones, a chef and author based on Deerholme Farm in the Cowichan Valley, to host a special local food event on October 15th. Bill...

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We're grateful to our supporters for helping us realize our vision for food sustainability on Salt Spring Island.