Educating and empowering farmers and the public to strengthen community food
We’re committed to maintaining and growing the pastoral
and agricultural heritage of Salt Spring Island
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. In the longer term Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust are looking to establish community food sovereignty and to play our part in ensuring a sustainable local food system across the region.
Burgoyne Valley Community Farm
The Burgoyne Valley Community Farm, a sixty acre parcel of farm land in the Agricultural Land Reserve, is located in the Burgoyne Valley on Salt Spring Island. This property has been continuously farmed since 1887 and was gifted to the Farmland Trust in exchange for a zoning amenity in 2013.
We are in the early stages of building the SSI Farm Centre. It will provide quality controlled storage for local farm produce, a fully-equipped processing kitchen for new value-added products and a point of distribution for large quantities of local food year-round. This facility is the first of its kind in the region and will be a model for small and medium-sized communities across the province.
Shaw Family Community Gardens
Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society has established the Shaw Family Community Gardens. Occupying only three and one half of the sixty acres of the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm property, the, the gardens provide opportunities for Salt Spring residents to grow more of their own food and to increase food security on the island.