Get involved by hosting and sharing dinner with friends and raise funds for The Root, a new community facility for local food storage, processing, and education. This dinner idea is inspired by Graham Kerr’s Gathering Place cook book and his dinner on Salt Spring last fall.

Your dinner party will provide an opportunity for the local food lovers you know to donate to The Root.

How it works:

Create a dinner party featuring local ingredients – invite guests and ask them to come with a donation for the SSI Farmland Trust.  The Farmland Trust will issue tax receipts for all donations over $50.

Because the focus is serving local farm fresh food, we aim to kick off dinners starting July 1st and will be wrapping up when the harvest is complete.

The first 25 to enter will receive a free copy of Graham Kerr’s The Gathering Place cook book.

Every Host who registers will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card for a local farm stand, for a chance to enjoy more local delicacies! The draw will take place on October 30, 2018.

All registered hosts will receive 10% off certificate for local meat for their dinner at Eat, Drink, Ferment, located at 346 Lower Ganges Road (beside Dagwood’s).

Registerby sending your name, email and phone number to Milly Sinclair: millysinclair@gmail.com, or call her at: 250-537-6370. We will send you more information and an invitation template that you may choose to use.

WHAT IS THE ROOT AND WHY SUPPORT IT?

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 support The Root!

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is currently raising funds to build The Root at 189 Beddis Road. The Farmland Trust is a registered charity whose mandate is to provide land, education, and other programs that promote increased food production and agriculture for the benefit of the community.

The Root is a food facility that will advance food production and sustainability on Salt Spring. The Farmland Trust is ready to begin construction on a new building that is designed to include a licensed teaching and processing kitchen, and temperature-controlled storage for local food and the Seed Bank. The Root is an amazing demonstration of how a community can come together to take climate action by growing, preserving, storing and sharing local food in more sustainable ways!

This means more local food will be available all year round. The certified Food Safe kitchen will be available to farmers and food processors as well as individuals and community organizations. In fact, the Farmland Trust is working with Community Services to advance and support their many food programs for people in our community. Training programs such as chef certification, youth programs on agriculture, as well as agricultural and local food education for the whole community will be provided at The Root.