The Farmland Trust & SSI Seed Sanctuary collaborate on new community resource  

The Farmland Trust & SSI Seed Sanctuary collaborate on new community resource  

Seed storage at the ROOT’s seed bank, a place to optimally store seeds, is underway and seeds have already been placed in storage. This coming spring, Seed Sanctuary members will be able to choose varieties to grow out and multiply. Then they will return a proportion to bulk up reserves at the seed bank. There are currently over 40 different seeds at the site, many of them Salt Spring Island heirloom varieties. Staff and volunteers will teach people how to save seeds.

The Salt Spring Seed Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that has been working to maintain and enhance our seed heritage since 2002. In the past few years, many similar community seed initiatives have sprouted up across Canada. People are realizing that good food comes from good seed, and that it makes sense to ensure a diversity of both in case of long emergencies.

if you are interested in becoming a “seedperson,” contact Dan Jason, at 250-537-5269 or  HYPERLINK “mailto:dan@saltspringseeds.com” dan@saltspringseeds.com

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!

Farmland Trust receives $35k grant from Victoria Foundation

Farmland Trust receives $35k grant from Victoria Foundation

Supported by the Foundation’s Vital Victoria Fund, Community Grants are awarded each December.  The latest grants include $35,000 for the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society’s Food Hub supporting sustainable local food production.

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.