Vancouver Island Meeting

Vegetables from agricultureIn 1969, Vancouver Island grew 70% of its own food. Today, they grow less than 5%, according to the Wilderness Committee. And this week the Wilderness Committee will present an opportunity to help stop that agriculture number from shrinking even further.

The municipality of North Saanich is deciding what to do with land in the Saanich Peninsula. The old Sandown Racetrack has 95 acres of farmland, and the municipality can either subdivide the land into eight privately owned estates or set aside 83 acres of land as part of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

If you’re in the area, you’ll have an opportunity on Wednesday to take a stand for local agriculture and food security. The Wilderness Committee is calling on its supporters to attend an important public meeting.

When: Wednesday, January 11, at 7pm
Where: Presbyterian Church at 9296 East Saanich Road. Free parking in the church lot.

Panelists are to include Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands; Robert Maxwell, a well-known Saanich peninsula farmer; and a third speaker TBA. The discussion will be moderated by Vicky Husband, a long-time B.C. environmentalist and champion of many of the province’s most iconic places. The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Sandown Community Farm.

The municipality’s council could be voting as early as January 16th. This meeting is an important opportunity to show strong public support for protecting farmland.

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