What's New at the Farmland Trust?
Salt Spring Farmland Trust Society welcomed an all-new energetic Board of Directors in June 2021.
They are excited to be stewarding The Trust’s ongoing projects: managing the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm and Community Gardens, installing a new composter for abattoir and other community waste, and getting ready to roll out “The Root”.
The Root's three-story facility and surrounding grounds will improve Salt Spring’s ability to produce, process, preserve, and distribute locally grown food products, as well as serve as a centre for education, demonstrations, and activities. From seeds to seminars, this highly anticipated hub’s mandate is ultimately focused on food and agriculture resilience for the Island’s population.
With the building’s construction nearing completion, attention has turned to finishing and installing the commercial kitchen equipment, temperature-controlled storage areas, washing stations, and interior appointments, including an on-site rental unit. Next summer looks forward to soil building and developing our permaculture swales, while water sourcing, stormwater management are active projects this fall. Farmland Trust is partnered with a new construction manager and design team. With momentum moving forward, we're aiming for a preliminary launch date of Spring 2022.
There has never been a better time to help with local agriculture. From climate change to pandemics, the future of food production and transportation has never been less certain. However, we hope to use our resources and education to ensure Salt Spring's growing seasons look bright.
We are always looking for committee members to help with all of our current projects. If this is of interest to you, please don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
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