The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $100,000 to The Root, Farmland Trust’s new local food processing, distribution and storage facility. The grant is part of a bequest left to the Foundation by May Cree Shaw and will be used to construct and equip The Root’s Shaw Family Kitchen, which will be a hub for preparing, cooking, and preserving locally grown produce.

Kees Ruurs, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, says, “This exciting and innovative project will benefit all islanders by making more local food available, improving our food security and also boosting Salt Spring’s economy. The Shaws were south-end farmers, part of our agricultural heritage, so this is a very appropriate use of their legacy.”

The Salt Spring Island Foundation will be awarding $500,000 in grants from the Shaw bequest over a five-year period, beginning with the grant to The Root. Applications for the next $100,000 grant, to be awarded in early 2018, will be accepted this fall with a deadline of November 30. Eligible projects will benefit a broad range of islanders, meet a top priority in the community, be shovel-ready, and provide a concrete opportunity for the Shaw family name to be recognized. For more information regarding application criteria, please contact the Salt Spring Island Foundation at 250.537.8305.

Funds from the Shaw bequest have already supported important community projects, such as the Shaw Family Community Gardens and The Cedars affordable housing project, which assists women and children and senior women in need.