What’s in a name? Currently, the official name of the “Farm Centre” is “Salt Spring Farm Centre for Food Security.” We’d love a new name and that’s why we are asking the community for help.
Our goal is to develop sustainable, local food production and increase access to local food for all sectors of the community. Who benefits: farmers, value-added food producers, and anyone who values locally grown and produced food!
And you can win an amazing gift basket full of goodies from island producers as well as participants of the Rural Business Accelerator.
Rules: One entry, per island resident
If a name is approved by the Farmland Trust, the winner will be announced on the Exchange. Deadline for entries is April 30, 2017. Look for our call to action in the Exchange and on social media, and tell your friends!
Farm Centre Contest Entry Form
Amazing prizes will be announced soon!
What is theFarm Centre?
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.
Farm Centre for Food Sustainability: A Game-Changer for Local Food, A Model for B.C
A hub for food initiatives and the development of new value-added products using Salt Spring-grown produce, the Farm Centre will serve as a centre for education on food security, food safety and value-added processing and will provide access to food-related vocational rehabilitation programs that do not currently exist.
It’s a catalyst for change, designed to support our island’s transition from dependence on unsustainable imported foods to greater reliance on food grown right here at home.
The Farm Centre will be a new resource for Salt Spring Island farmers, food producers and the community. The Farm Centre will be a centrally-located food processing, distribution and storage facility, operated on a break-even basis as an incubator for increased local food production. Our aim is to increase production on Salt Spring by making it easier for local growers to bring their harvest to market, add value to it and connect with consumers on the island and in the surrounding region. A hub for food initiatives and the development of new value-added products using Salt Spring-grown produce, the Farm Centre will also serve as a centre for education on food sustainability, food safety and value-added processing and will provide access to food-related vocational rehabilitation programs that do not currently exist.