Foraging and Feasting for the Root on tap in October

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 will host an elegant 5 course dinner in support of The Root, the local food centre currently under construction on Beddis Road.

A Seasonal meal to be remembered! Five tasting courses that will make your imagination soar:  a delicious tuna tartare, a chicken and smoked mushroom terrine, Grand fir & honey cured salmon, roasted squash bisque dressed with crispy cauliflower, ricotta gnudi with lamb and wild mushrooms. Each dish includes the chefs’ most creative accompaniments including salal vinegarette for the salad quince mustard on the terrine, and more. The dessert is an exquisite surprise. Wine pairings will be provided by resident sommelier Milly Sinclair

Bill Jones is a French trained chef who lives and works in the Cowichan Valley. He is the author of 12 cookbooks and winner of 3 world cookbook awards. He is an expert on wild foods and foraging with a passion for wild mushrooms and a keen respect of local First Nations food knowledge and culture. Bill is a passionate supporter of local food communities, a founding member of Slowfood Vancouver Island.

Daniel Shipley, graduated from high school on Salt Spring. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in top restaurants in North America. He owns Farm’s Gate Food in the Cowichan and is excited to come “home”, and work with Bill for this fundraiser. Daniel graduated from GISS, trained at The Culinary Institute of America, has worked at top restaurants across North America, in Hawaii and on Vancouver Island, as well as on organic farms in northern B.C. and the Yukon. Dan is excited to return to his culinary roots and collaborate with Chef Jones in creating a seasonal meal to remember.

The Root is currently under construction on Beddis Road. When completed, the Root will provide unique local food infrastructure, from seed to plate. The development will include the community seed bank, temperature-controlled storage for local crops, a licensed Foodsafe processing kitchen, a permaculture food landscape, renewable energy, water catchment, and provide food education and training opportunities. The Root is designed to support our island’s transition from dependence on unsustainable imported foods to greater resilience on food grown right here. It even includes an on-site affordable housing unit.

Wines accompanying the dinner will be from Kutatas Wines, the new owners of the former Mistaken Identity Winery.

Seats are limited. Tickets are $115, include wine pairings or a non alcoholic option, and are available through Salt Spring Books.

SSI Farmland Trust breaks ground for The Root and launches fundraising campaign

SSI Farmland Trust breaks ground for The Root and launches fundraising campaign

Salt Spring Island, July 12, 2018 – This week the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust begins construction of the new local food centre The Root at 189 Beddis Road, and officially kicks off The Root community fundraising campaign.

 “If you love eating produce and foods from Salt Spring Island and would like to see even more available all year long, and if you care about making the Island more food self-sufficient and would like to see more jobs in farm and food businesses, then you will want to contribute to the building fund at The Root,” says Patricia Reichert, SSI Farmland Trust President. “Currently 8% of the produce available for purchase on Salt Spring is locally grown, and the Farmland Trust would like to see this increase to 25% by 2025,” adds Reichert.

Thanks to the donations to date, the Farmland Trust is well on the way to its fundraising goal but still needs to raise $560,000. The Farmland Trust will issue tax receipts for donations over $50.

This money will fund this new building and the full site development. To date the Farmland Trust has renovated the existing barn and with support from the SSI Seed Sanctuary Society has begun operation of the Community Seed Bank. Hydro and water have also been installed at the site.

Beyond individual donations the project has been generously funded by the Salt Spring Island Foundation, Vancity, Victoria Foundation, the Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary Society, and the provincial government’s Rural Dividend Program. 

Why The Root:

The Root grew out of the Salt Spring Island Area Farm Plan, and the community vision for a more robust local food economy and culture. The AFP strongly recommends the development of key community facilities that support the expansion of agricultural activities such as the abattoir, and a facility like The Root.

What is The Root: 

Reichert explains, “The Root is the first holistic approach to local food infrastructure in the region, linking food production with storage, processing, distribution, and community-based food education. It is an amazing advancement in the focus on local food in our community. And it directly complements the increase in food production that we have initiated at the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm.” 

The new building will include a licensed teaching and processing kitchen and temperature-controlled storage for local produce. This certified Food Safe kitchen will be available to farmers, small scale food processors, individuals, and community organizations. Training programs such as chef certification, and food education programs for youth, families, and the community at large will be a focal point at The Root. 

A permaculture food landscape will demonstrate food production in a changing climate. The Farmland Trust is working with the Community Energy Group to incorporate the latest strategies for renewable energy and energy conservation into the design of the site; there will be solar energy, a water catchment system, and vehicle charging stations.  

Fundraiser: SSI Gathering Place Dinners 

Inspired by Graham Kerr’s The Gathering Place cook book and his dinner on Salt Spring last fall, this month the Farmland Trust is launching the SSI Gathering Place Dinners, a fundraiser for The Root which will run until the end of October. 

The idea is to take advantage of all the great local foods the Island has to offer in the summer and fall and host a lovely dinner party with friends, to help raise funds for a food facility for our community. Each guest would be asked to bring a donation for the Farmland Trust, and donations over $50 will get a tax receipt. 

The first 25 to register can pick up a free copy of The Gathering Place cookbook by Graham Kerr, registered hosts have a chance to win $100 gift certificate for a Salt Spring farm stand and they will get 10% off meat purchased at the new butcher, Eat, Drink, Ferment, for the dinner. For more info: ssifarmlandtrust.org

Residents can help by:

1. Make a donation right now at www.ssifarmlandtrust.org. Or donate by cheque: payable to SSI Farmland Trust and mail to P.O. Box 738, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2W3

2. Host a dinner party from now to the end of October. Discover and share local food. Raise money. More at: www.ssifarmlandtrust.org.

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is intent on increasing food sustainability on Salt Spring Island. It is a community non-profit organisation managed by a volunteer board.

Along with The Root initiative, the Farmland Trust owns and operates a 62-acre property at 2232 Fulford Ganges Road known as The Burgoyne Valley Community Farm. The “Farm” offers fine valley farmland for lease to farmers as well as three acres dedicated to The Shaw Family Community Gardens. These Gardens are comprised of 77 garden plots for Salt Springers to grow their own food, and another 19 plots for Community Services’ Harvest Food program.

Photo:  From left, Farmland Trust vice president Mike Lakin, Salt Spring Island Foundation board chair Kees Ruurs, Farmland Trust president Patricia Reichert, Salt Spring Island Foundation operations director Kisae Petersen and contractor Mark Saunders

For more information

Patricia Reichert, President, Farmland Trust                                                                                                                                     250-537-4282                                                                                                                                                       dogwoodlane@telus.net

 Bee Tour at Burgoyne Valley Community Farm – presented by SSI Farmland Trust 

 Bee Tour at Burgoyne Valley Community Farm – presented by SSI Farmland Trust 

WHAT: A bee farm tour – see bees in their different life stages, have a close-up look into a beehive and possibly a peek into her majesties’ chambers. Find out about the honey bee’s life cycle and the mysterious inner workings of the hive. Taste some local honey!

WHO: Wendi Gilson is from Salt Spring’s Black Horse Apiary. Black Horse Apiary runs 60-80 colonies on SSI in 7 locations. Wendi is a Beemaster and Apiary Inspector at  HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/pages/BC-Ministry-of-Agriculture/165301423489121?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=651917689” BC Ministry of Agriculture for VI and the Gulf Islands, and works with the collective group- Ethical Bees  

WHEN: July 22, 2018 – 1 – 2:30 PM 

WHERE: Burgoyne Valley Community Farm 2232 Fulford Ganges Rd. Meet at the Sun Shelter.

COST: Free

CONTACT: Wendi Gilson:  wendi@EthicalBees.com

 

Host a Gathering Place Dinner and raise funds for The Root

Host a Gathering Place Dinner and raise funds for The Root

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.

 

Help Build The Root

Help Build The Root

Be part of building a Salt Spring Island institution!

  • 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 OR sign up to host a fundraising dinner party!

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is raising funds to build The Root at 189 Beddis Road.

The Farmland Trust is a non-profit whose purpose 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 local food facility that will include a licensed teaching and processing kitchen, and temperature-controlled storage for local food, and the Seed Bank.

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. Training programs such as chef certification, youth programs on agriculture, as well as food preparation and preservation education for the whole community will be provided at the Root.

How can you help?

  1. Make a donationright now by visiting www.ssifarmlandtrust.org. 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
  2. Host a dinner partyfrom now to the end of October. Discover and share local food. Raise money. Learn More and Get Involved: ssifarmlandtrust.org

 

 

Sun Shelter a Welcome Addition to Burgoyne Valley Community Farm

Sun Shelter a Welcome Addition to Burgoyne Valley Community Farm

The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is pleased to announce that construction of our Sun Shelter at the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm is now complete and will be ready for the 2018 farming season.

The Sun Shelter is a 14ft x 24ft covered space, open on all sides. The wood was milled locally and built by an islander.  The Shelter will provide relief for farmers and residents who tend their plots in the Shaw Family Community Gardens and Burgoyne Valley Community Farm. Further uses for the structure include education programs, gardeners’ meetings and dinners, and a great starting point for interpretive walks of the Farm. Two picnic tables will be added under the Shelter this spring.

“It’s a wonderful addition to the property, and we are most grateful to Kerry Lee for her generous donation,” says Farmland Trust President Patricia Reichert. Kerry made the donation in honour of her late husband, Garnet Lee. Garnet was a farmer who was actively involved in the Farmers’ Institute and on the board of the Farmland Trust. He passed away in April 2012.

“Nurturing community and giving back meant everything to Garnet, so I wanted to do something that would add value to our community, especially to the farming community which was so close to Garnet’s heart,” says his wife Kerry.

Garnet grew up in a poor farming family in Saskatchewan. When he was seven years old his mother passed away and his father was left to raise three children on his own. His father didn’t cope well with the loss of his wife. Neighbours and friends stepped in to help the struggling family, and Garnet was deeply impacted by this love and support. It was then that he learned the importance of giving back.

The installation of a plaque commemorating Garnet Lee and a celebratory event will happen later this summer.