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2005 Salt Spring Island Local Produce Study (ING) -
The broad goal of the Local Produce Study is to contribute to increasing Salt Spring Island’s food self-sufficiency by improving produce production and the coordination of produce storage, distribution and marketing. The study focused on produce grown primarily for sale including all vegetables, fruits, nuts, pulses and other edible crops sold for human food such as mushrooms and culinary herbs.
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2010 Salt Spring Island Local Produce Study (Islands Trust) -
This study presents information about the amount and types of commercial produce production on Salt Spring Island. It also provides information about the resources that are used to produce local food. And, finally, it provides preliminary information about assessing the amount of food production in home gardens.
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2012 Produce Centre Plan -
This plan outlines the mandate and proposed operational functions of the Salt Spring Island Farm Produce Centre. The timing for the development of the Centre is linked to an allocation of land to the community from a Salt Spring business as a condition of removing land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The conditions also include providing a building and a cash contribution that can be used for the development of the produce centre on the allocated site. The estimated value of the contribution is $380,000. ...
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2012 Produce Centre Plan Presentation -
The centre is an essential service in the development of the SSI agricultural economy and SSI food security. The aim is to develop a multi- purpose hub for storage, processing and distribution of Salt Spring farm produce.
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2014 Consultation Summary (Consolidated) -
The Produce Centre Planning Committee (PCPC) hosted a community meeting on November 2, 2014 at the Salt Spring Public Library to present the draft Conceptual Design Plan and solicit public feedback and discussion. Approximately 50 people attended the session. Attendees were given the opportunity to view the plans and speak individually with the Designer and PCPC members before the plenary presentation and discussion.
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2014 Draft Conceptual Plan Summary - We envision the Produce Centre as a community facility where local farmers aggregate, package and distribute their produce and where local small-scale processors transform locally grown produce into value-added products such as sauces, juices and preserves. Many small and medium-sized farmers and processors t would find it cost-prohibitive to construct a facility like this on their own, but a shared facility can meet the need affordably, providing specialized equipment and space through a cost-recovery, non-profit model. Download PDF
2014 Produce Centre Draft Conceptual Plans - The illustrations in this document include "Sketch View From North West", "Sketch View From South East", "Location Map", "Layout For Main Floor", "Layout For Basement" and "Layout For Upper Floor" Download PDF
A Brief History of Farming on Salt Spring Island -
Salt Spring Island "will always be remembered as absolutely the first agricultural settlement in the then Colony of Vancouver Island." Edward Mallandaine in his B. C. Directory, 1887 ...
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A Citizens Guide: Protecting Agricultural Land in British Columbia (2005) -
This guide is designed to assist citizens in understanding both the importance of preserving agricultural land in BC, as well as the means to doing so.
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Abattoir Birthday Bash -
The Abattoir is turning one. Come Celebrate at the retire the debt birthday bash.
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Agricultural Waste Control Regulation Response (2012) -
Salt Spring Island Agricultural Alliance's response to the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation.
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Anaerobic Digestion of Abattoir Offal on Salt Spring Island (2012) -
The Salt Spring Island Agricultural Alliance is interested in locally treating the offal from their new abattoir. Despite being perhaps less than appealing, organs and entrails (offal) are considered here as a resource which can provide clean, renewable fertilizer products and renewable energy.
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Area Farm Plan Detailed, Masselink (2008) -
"That Salt Spring Island becomes a place where agriculture is a strong, vital and productive part of the local economy and is carried out in a manner that promotes and protects a sustainable community." - Guiding Vision
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Area Farm Plan Presentation, Masselink (2008) -
Purpose | Improve the long-term health and viability of a community's agricultural economy.
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Area Farm Plan Summary (2008) -
Farmers are solitary people. We love our animals and we carefully tend our crops. And yet, in order to revitalize agriculture in our community, we know we have to work together. That’s why the three key recommendations of the Salt Spring Island Area Farm Plan all speak to the need to collaborate, cooperate, and coordinate.
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Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park Management Plan (2009) -
This letter repeats the concerns and ideas already expressed and is our submission to the public comment process ending November 20. This letter is also a letter of proposal for an Ecological Farm Management Plan, first proposed at a meeting with Scott Benton and Brian Bawtinheimer over a year ago.
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Community farm on Salt Spring becoming EcoReality -
EcoRealty Sustainable Land Use and Education Cooperative on Salt Spring Island has agreed to purchase 37 acres of the former 100-acre Hughes Farm in Fulford Valley, 63 acres of which is to become community farmland.
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Economic and Community Impact Assessment: Salt Spring Island Farmers Markets: Market in the Park, Tuesday Market (2006) -
The number of farmers markets in Canada, United States, and Europe is growing rapidly. In British Columbia there are about 100 known markets, up from 60 known markets in 2000. This growth reflects the increasing role of farmers markets in local food systems and their contributions to British Columbia’s communities.
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Exploring Food Security in the Islands Trust Area (2010) -
The scope of this report is both broad and detailed. Its intent is to provide enough information about food security and food systems to bring all Trustees to a general level of understanding, while providing enough Trust-specific detail so that Trust-specific policies and actions can begin to be discussed and explored. The primary goal of this report is to inform Islands Trust Council of the general concepts involved in food security, draw connections between the various facets of the topic and give a general overview of the food system and our interactions within it. The secondary goal of the report is to start a Trust-wide conversation with regards to how the concepts, themes and actions surrounding food security can be incorporated into Trust policies, regulations and advocacy.
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Farm Housing Committee – Literature Review (2009) -
SSIAA - Farm Housing Committee - Literature Review (2009)
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Farm Housing Discussion Document (2009) -
Farm Housing discussion questions DRAFT June 12, 2009 revised 18-Nov-09 / 7-Dec-2009
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Gulf Islands Livestock Processing Feasibility Study (2005) -
The Gulf Islands have a relatively small farm sector, which has a primary focus on lamb production, most of which is sold directly to end users. This study examines the feasibility of establishing a provincially licensed abattoir and processing facility in the Gulf Islands, in order to assure compliance with British Columbia Meat Inspection regulations.
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Increasing Local Food Production on Salt Spring Island - Increasing Local Food Production on Salt Spring Island
Information from the Agricultural Alliance farmers meeting Sunday February 12 2012 -
Information from the Agricultural Alliance Farmers Meeting Sunday, February 12, 2012. Purpose of the Meeting: To discuss the proposed plans for a farm produce centre on the Beddis Road site.
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Local Organic Food Guide (2011) -
All farms in this guide follow one or more of the following practices, designed to work with nature recycling nutrients and using crop rotations to build healthy soils, promoting biodiversity and using no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and no genetically engineered organisms.
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MPU Grant Announcement (2010) -
Salt Spring Livestock Producers are eligible to receive a grant of at least $100,000 towards a mobile meat processing unit if they can raise matching funds. However the grant could be as much as $150,000 if cut and wrap services can be provided at the same location. The funding comes from the Meat Transition Assistance Program, which is managed by the BC Food Processors Association.
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New Farm Start-Up, A Guide to Starting and Growing A Small or Medium Sized Farm Business in British Columbia – Growing Forward (2011) -
Welcome to the farm community and congratulations on choosing farming for your new business enterprise. Agriculture provides many opportunities to start and grow a farming enterprise that meets your needs and interest. Many of the medium and large scale farming operations, supporting several families today, started small and grew over time as skills developed, markets were refined and demand for their product increased. And farming is a good small business. Farms tend to stay in business longer than other small businesses and farms tend to be transferred to the next generation more frequently than other small businesses.
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Planning for Agriculture on Salt Spring Island (2005) -
Meeting with the Salt Spring Island Farm Plan Focus Group November 30, 2005.
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Presentation on the Farmland Trust – Lee (2010) -
The process for establishing a farmland trust began in March 2008. The Salt Spring Island Farm Trust Society by-laws and constitution received final approval from the provincial registrar in August 2009.
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Produce Centre Consultation Summary from Storage and Wholesaling Focus Group (2014) -
Salt Spring Farm Produce Centre - Consultation Summary: March 5, 2014 Storage + Wholesaling Focus Group
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Protecting the Working Landscape of Agriculture: A Smart Growth Direction for Municipalities in British Columbia (2005) -
Farmland is not only a non-renewable resource, but it is scarce in BC (just less than five percent of the land base). Concerned about the irreversible loss of farmland and food security, in 1972 the Provincial government created a unique provincial land use regime, the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), to protect this land base for agriculture.
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Salt Spring Farm Dinners Series 2014 -
Explore the diverse landscapes, tastes and people of Salt Spring Island's farms. Meet the farmers, wander the farms, sit at long tables with mismatched plates, listen to local music, and enjoy the flavours only small farms can offer.
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Salt Spring Island Composting Pilot Project Summary (June 2012) -
This project is part of the Salt Spring Island Agriculture Infrastructure project funded by the Vancity enviroFund™ and continues the work begun in 2009 with the Central Composting Feasibility Study.
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Salt Spring Island Abattoir (2011-06) -
Salt Spring Island Abattoir (June 2011)
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Salt Spring Island Abattoir (2011-08) -
The information contained here is current as of August 31, 2011. Our plan is to update it monthly to keep you informed of progress.
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Salt Spring Island Abattoir (2012-01) -
The information contained here is current as of January 6, 2012.
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Salt Spring Island Abattoir (2012-06) -
The information contained here is current as of June 14, 2012.
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Salt Spring Island Agriculture Infrastructure Press Release – Macey (2011-01-24) -
The Salt Spring Agricultural Alliance has been awarded $50,000 from Vancity’s enviroFund to help establish the infrastructure necessary to increase local food production on Salt Spring Island. The project is a community initiative that will develop the three facilities identified by the SSI Area Farm Plan as key elements for the revitalization of agriculture and local food production on the island. These are the mobile abattoir; a produce processing, storage and distribution centre; and a central community composting facility.
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Salt Spring Island Area Farm Plan Public Consultation Summary (2008) -
Community involvement was an important part of the Salt Spring Island Area Farm Plan process and understanding is necessary to achieve the mission and goals of. Involvement was achieved through three linked Community Dialogues sessions held early on in the planning process on three Saturday afternoons (January 20th, February 17th, and March 10th, 2007) to identify and discuss issues, assets, opportunities, strategies and the overall vision for the Plan and to establish a common base of knowledge and understanding. During these facilitated discussions, participants were asked to discuss the opportunities for agriculture on Salt Spring and collectively articulate a future vision for food and agriculture on the island.
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Salt Spring Island Central Composting Feasibility Study Final Report (March 2010) -
The final report provides a preliminary financial and regulatory evaluation of the feasibility of a central composting facility on Salt Spring Island, and completes the work. For clarity, the composting of biosolids (sewage sludge) is not contemplated, and is the subject of an unrelated CRD project at the Burgoyne septage site.
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Salt Spring Island Community Profile and Data Inventory (2006) -
The purpose of this study is to inventory key facts, data and information about Salt Spring Island. The project was commissioned and funded by the Islands Trust of Salt Spring Island, and the data compilation was completed by the Institute for Sustainability Education and Action (I-SEA), also on Salt Spring Island.
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Salt Spring Island Livestock Inventory Study 2015 -
This report provides the results from a survey conducted in the winter of 2015/2016 to determine the number of animals (sheep, cattle, pigs, goats and rabbits) and poultry (chicken, turkeys, laying hens, geese, and ducks) being raised on Salt Spring Island for meat, milk or eggs.
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Salt Spring Island Livestock Production Study – Reichert (2009) -
This report provides the results of the livestock production survey conducted in June and July 2009 on Salt Spring Island. Livestock includes: 1) animals—sheep, cattle, pigs, goats; and 2) poultry—chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks.
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Slaughterhouse benefit is a meaty issue on Saltspring – Knox (2010-09-30) -
We've seen a lot of fundraisers for a lot of causes over the years - but a slaughterhouse? Yes, well, if that's what it takes to keep Saltspring Island's lambs gambolling their way to the mint sauce.Which is why an internationally known island inn is recruiting rock star chefs to help save Saltspring farmers from the predation of the provincial government.
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SSI Agriculture Infrastructure Project (2011-01) -
The SSI Agriculture Infrastructure Project is a community initiative intended to develop the three facilities necessary to increase the capacity to produce, process, and market food grown or raised on Salt Spring Island (as identified in the SSI Area Farm Plan).
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SSI Central Composting Feasibility Study, Preliminary Research Report (2009) -
The Central Composting Feasibility Study includes a market assessment, an overview of regulatory requirements, equipment options—including in-vessel and enclosed windrow—possible locations, sources, availability, suitability and transport of raw materials, markets for finished product, capital and operating cost ranges and revenue estimates. Potential owners and operators will be identified to ensure the utility of the study.
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Supporting New Small Scale Farmers in Abbotsford (2010) -
This study examines why it is important to assist new farmers, barriers to farming, costs involved in farm start-ups, viability and potential for new farm operations, and ways that new farm operations can be encouraged and supported.
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The Farm Assessment Review Recommendations from Salt Spring Island (2009) -
The objective of the farm assessment review is to ensure that the farm property assessment process is fair, equitable, straight forward and accommodates the regional diversity of our agricultural community.
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What Can and Should Local Governments Do (2009) -
A healthy local agricultural system is necessary for sustaina bility in the Capital Region. Local agriculture can supply much of the local demand for fresh nutritious food in a world with increasingly uncertain food supplies. It contributes significantly to the local economy and is an integral part of the regional environment. Local agriculture depends on ecological goods and services supplied by natural ecosystems, including cycling of water and nutrients, pollination and natural pest control and it supplements those goods and services in an increasingly urbanized region. Local farmland complements natural ecosystems in providing habitat and supporting native biodiversity. Local agriculture may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration, recycling of appropriately-processed organic wastes and via reduced transportation of locally-consumed food. Environmental challenges to local agriculture include climate change and increasing competition for land and water as population and urbanization increase in the Capital Region
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