And the winner is…. ‘The Root’ is the new name of Salt Spring Island’s community farm centre project, replacing the cumbersome ‘Salt Spring Island Farm Centre for Food Security.’ Congratulations to Nadja Marda, who described her proposed name as “a simple yet powerful symbol, a non-intimidating name that encourages curiosity.”

Ms. Reichert said, “The Farmland Trust is thrilled to have selected The Root as the name for this vital project, which is all about growing community and nurturing local food. We received many excellent submissions through our recent naming contest on the Salt Spring Exchange, but this one jumped out as particularly appropriate, symbolizing how this new facility will be a catalyst for greater availability of local food on Salt Spring.”

Selected from more than 40 entries to the contest on the Exchange, Ms. Marda receives a gift basket for winning the contest. It contains a variety of local food items donated by Salt Spring farmers and small scale processors.

“The Root will demonstrate how a community can grow a strong local food system,” Ms. Reichert said, “from agricultural production through to food education, food-related jobs and local food culture for everyone in our community.”

The Root will be located on Beddis Road where the Farmland Trust is building this new local food processing, distribution and storage facility as well as demonstration permaculture food gardens. The site will operate on a non-profit basis, spurring increased local food production and availability. In doing so, it will contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Design of the new building is complete, utilities are in place and a barn on the property has been renovated. Construction is set to begin as soon as funding has been secured. To achieve this, the Farmland Trust is about to launch a community fundraising campaign aimed at raising the remaining funds.