Food Garden in Burgoyne Valley

Food sustainability means more than just lots of local food. It means protecting the environment and ensuring ecological diversity.
It means the preservation of heritage seeds and the promotion of seed saving. And it means a stronger more vibrant local economy.

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The mighty Burgoyne Valley

In the longer term Salt Spring Island
Farmland Trust is  looking to establish
community food sustainability  and to
play our part in ensuring a sustainable local food system across the region. We
are one of many communities in the region that are making local food a planning
priority. Many  agencies are involved.  For example,

Island Health is creating new
opportunities for people to learn about good food and nutrition.

School districts are connecting
farms and schools and are helping children learn more about good food with
hands-on school gardens and cooking.

Local governments are taking
food sustainability seriously by placing agriculture, farmland protection
and increased food production on the top of their strategic priorities.

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The goal is to move away from dependence on
 industrial food  that is putting people and animals in jeopardy
and is contributing to the destructive forces of climate change.

The vision of a vibrant local food system
includes more farmland in production, protection of farmland and promotion of
agriculture for future generations, the protection of indigenous foods on land
and water, and infrastructure for handling and storing food within the region.

The SSI Farmland Trust is part of a collaborative
 effort to make this vision a reality, to
create a new generation of people who are knowledgeable about the food we
eat—when it’s in season, how to grow it, how to prepare it, how to eat a
balanced diet, how to treat livestock humanely, and how to be a part of the
movement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions simply by eating locally.