The Farmland Trust receives $100,000 grant from the province’s Rural Dividend Program

The Farmland Trust receives $100,000 grant from the province’s Rural Dividend Program

In November, Lana Popham, the Minister of Agriculture and Adam Olsen our MLA paid our island a visit to congratulate us on the award of $100,000 grant from the province’s Rural Dividend Program. They toured the Farm Land Trust’s Burgoyne Valley Community Farm, and the Root site. The day was finished off with a ‘round table “discussion on farming issues. Thank you Lana Popham and Adam Olsen.

All these events and happenings were fueled by that underground resource called volunteers. Thank you all for your efforts this year in assisting us with our goals.

The Root’s Seed Sanctuary at Seedy Saturday, Feb 10

The Root’s Seed Sanctuary at Seedy Saturday, Feb 10

Join us on Saturday, February 10th at the Farmer’s Institute from 10:30am-11:30am for a presentation by Dan Jason on how the Seed Sanctuary at the ROOT will work, and how you can become a “seedperson”. Seed saving is easy, and rewarding in so many ways. Even a little seed saving is an empowering and powerful thing to do. The ROOT (The SSI Farmland Trust) will also have a booth at the event, where you can get more information about this great local initiative.

Seedy Saturday runs from 10 am – 3 pm, and features: Seed Sale and Exchange Table, Free Workshops, Plants and Horticultural Supplies, Local Food Vendors, Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Kids Zone, Agricultural Advocacy Booths, Door Prizes, and Free Parking!

Abattoir Birthday Bash! Nov 18

Abattoir Birthday Bash! Nov 18

Time to eat, drink and be merry! On an island renowned for its local farm dinners, the Salt Spring Island Agricultural Alliance is proud to present the very best annual local food dinner at the fifth Abattoir Birthday Bash next Saturday, Nov 18 at Fulford Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm

All local dinner menu with lamb, turkey and vegetarian options, and Jana’s fruit pie for dessert. Cash bar with Salt Spring beer, wines, cider and kombucha. Simone Cazabon will be our MC, music by Marianne Grittani, and of course there will be the famous Birthday Bash silent auction where you can bid on services, produce, and many other things.

This is our annual fundraiser for the community abattoir. Come out and support island farmers and local food.

Tickets are $50 each through https://ssiabattoir.brownpapertickets.com/   and at Foxglove and Salt Spring Books. 

If you would like to reserve a table of 8, please email <aliharrris@gmail.com>

 

Open House for the Root

Open House for the Root

The Root Open House Saturday, Oct 28: 12 – 4 pm, 189 Beddis Road

The whole community is invited to a good old fashioned open house to see the place where the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is developing The Root. What is The Root and how will it benefit farmers, food makers and the community? We invite you to join us at the site on October 28 to have a look around and hear more about this latest piece in the agricultural infrastructure for Salt Spring.

There will be SSI Farmland Trust members on hand to answer your questions, and scheduled presentations on key aspects of the site. We will also be providing local, seasonal refreshments – all examples of value added products which might come out of the Root production kitchen.

The day’s speakers include Donald Gunn, the architect and building designer who will give an overview of the buildings. Food garden designer Erinanne Harper will talk about how permaculture gardens will be used at the site, and the importance of developing agricultural ecosystems that are sustainable and self-sufficient. And Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds will provide more on what is planned for the seed vault at The Root. We are offering two times to catch the building and permaculture presentations.

Speakers Schedule:

12:30 Donald Gunn, architect and building designer, will give an overview of building plans

1:00 Dan Jason, SS Seeds, will discuss seed saving and the seed vault planned for the Root

1:30 Erinanne Harper, garden designer, will give a permaculture presentation and site tour

2:00 Donald Gunn, architect and building designer, will give an overview of building plans

2:30 Root community partners (speaker TBA)

3:00 Erinanne Harper, garden designer, will give a permaculture presentation and site tour

The Root is a not-for-profit facility being built at 189 Beddis Rd that will help Salt Spring become more food self-sufficient. It is a project of the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust.

SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1The goal is to increase local food production by making it easier for all local growers to increase our community food production. We’re working to increase access to local food at farms, in gardens, in grocery stores, and everywhere. The Root is a place where local food can be stored and processed for year-round availability.  The Root will also be a centre for all things having to do with food education on food sustainability & safety. It provide seed saving, permaculture production, food preserving education, and incubator opportunities and training for food processors.

Harvest Gathering with Graham Kerr, formerly the Galloping Gourmet

Harvest Gathering with Graham Kerr, formerly the Galloping Gourmet

Autumn means harvest and delicious meals prepared with the abundance of local foods that Salt Spring offers. We invite you to join us at two great fundraising events for the Root this month, featuring the former “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr.

On October 22 at 7:30 pm, hear him speak at Art Spring about all things food-related, and his vast career. Mr Kerr has kindly donated copies of his cook book The Gathering Place, which can be purchased at the event for $50, with proceeds going to the Root. Tickets are available at Art Spring/artspring.ca for $20/$15 members.

 

Then see Graham Kerr in action on October 23 at 5:30pm, when he will give a special culinary presentation as honorary host of the Harvest Gathering Dinner at the Sailing Club. The 3-course meal with wine pairings will feature local ingredients, made from recipes inspired by Kerr’s recent trip to the Caribbean: Spiced Chard & Shrimp – spicy prawns on a bed of sautéed local chard, with a hint of lemongrass; Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder Frenchie – served with a blend of local red wine, peppers & herbs, accompanied by sweet potatoes and kale; Purple Porridge – a cornmeal pudding parfait with oats, local organic berries & nuts. Tickets are $105 each and can be purchased at Salt Spring Books, cash or cheque only.

 

The Root is the latest initiative in support of increasing Salt Spring Island’s food resilience and sustainability. The Root will serve as a centre for food education and new ways of supporting our island’s transition from dependence on unsustainable imported foods to greater reliance on food grown right here. The Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust is committed to Salt Spring’s agricultural community, food heritage and future.  The site is located at 189 Beddis Road.