Patricia’s passion for local food culture and has led to 20 years of volunteerism in the local food movement. Her career is based in socio-economic research and public policy, currently with Royal Roads University. Patricia’s expertise focuses on changing the global food system using collaborative community action. In recent years she has expanded her inquiries into examining the relationship between food systems and climate change mitigation. Patricia is a 25-year resident of Salt Spring Island.
Kaleigh has co-owned and operated Heavenly Roots Farm, a CSA and market garden business on Salt Spring Island for the past 7 years. Her personal mission is to grow local food and pursue sustainable agriculture from seed-to-table. Educating around regenerative, organic agriculture and seed saving remains a focus while she participates in community building and advocating for farmers through her work with Island Natural Growers, the Community Market Society, the BC Eco Seed Co-operative and the Farmlands Trust Society.
Wanting a habitable planet to pass on to future generations, Nick moved to Salt Spring to help grow cultural and ecological regeneration on the island. A student and practitioner of permaculture, regenerative ecological agriculture and intentional community living, Nick balances his time and energy between developing a homestead, farm and education center with his extended family, and working within the community to create re-localized resilience.
Kevin is a retired Professional Agrologist interested in sustainable agricultural production practices, and environmental conservation.