Our fall began with two fundraisers involving the exuberant and charming Graham Kerr “Galloping Gourmet”. Graham was a guest at The Salt Spring Form at ArtSpring, and gave a great talk mixed with life’s anecdotes and the importance of locally based food and working together to achieve that goal.

The second was a sold-out dinner hosted by Graham at the Salt Spring Sailing Club with a three-course wine paired delicious meal, featuring Salt Spring lamb and vegetables. It was a truly a great evening. Grahams Kerr generously donated his book as a fundraiser at the ArtSpring Forum and dinner, which generated well over $1,000. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the dinner possible and a special thanks to the Sailing Club for sharing their dining room for this event.

These events were followed the next week with a well attended Open House by an enthusiastic crowd at the The Root site at 189 Beddis Rd. Dan Jason described the collaboration of the Farmland Trust and the Seed Sanctuary Society on a new seed bank now in operation and spoke of the importance of a stronger seed saving program for the community. Erinanne Harper explained the permaculture plan. Donald Gunn, architectural designer of the new facility, described the plan’s design and construction features.