Transition Salt Spring


Let's Grow More Food

Networking and communication regarding food growing projects on Salt Spring Island.

Members: 49
Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2017

Check out This site is set up by Out of our Own Back Yards (OOOOBY) - a Transition initiative in New Zealand and there are all kinds of amazing inititatives, information, and ideas being shared here.

Discussion Forum

Clearcut on North End Road?

There is a large clearcut being created on North End Road. The site is between Whim's Road and Fernwood, east side. While I'm sure it is for the benefit of our environment and everyone one on the…Continue

Started by Greenrun Jun 26, 2017.

Grape vine cuttings 2 Replies

I am looking for cuttings from Interlaken and Himrod grape vines; about a dozen of each. I have several plants/seeds/etc. to exchange. DerekContinue

Started by Derek Burgess. Last reply by Derek Burgess Jan 21, 2015.

Food growing/housing opportunity

Our lovely "White House," a 1,500 sqft, five-bedroom, recently-remodelled heritage house (from the 1880s) on a 43 acre collaborative farm site, is now available. It is currently sparsely furnished,…Continue

Tags: rent, permaculture, rental, community, energy

Started by Jan Steinman Mar 17, 2012.

Cooperative Gardening 6 Replies

Unless I am going to become a full-time farmer, I don't feel like Ihave enough time, energy, and land to become food self-reliant. This is why I am seriously interested in cooperative gardening - it…Continue

Tags: farming, cooperative

Started by Shoshanah Ray Waxman. Last reply by Dianne Haffner Mar 5, 2011.

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Comment by Dennis Lucarelli on April 8, 2015 at 8:46am

Hey fellow LetsGrowMoreFood-ers!

Transition Salt Spring is looking to identify some long-term (five-year) objectives. Go to Long Term Planning Group to share your ideas before our Annual General Meeting on April 21, 2015.  We will be discussing some of these at the AGM.  Please read the Comments on that page from the bottom up, then feel free add your ideas there.

Comment by sandra leckie on March 25, 2015 at 7:43pm

Hello Grow More Food members. I've grown too much- Sunchokes that is. I have buckets of lovely white "Stampede" tubers that need homes. You can plant them or eat them or plant some and eat some. Free to whomever calls before the weekend is over. 931-2250.

Comment by Pauline Martens on February 11, 2014 at 1:13pm

Hello Everyone! As a board member of the Seed Sanctuary, I wanted to share with you that we are launching the opening of our community seed library on Fridays from 12 noon to 2 pm between Feb. 14th and May 30th in our Ganges library, upstairs in the Archives section. You do need to be a member to participate, which is only $20 for a lifetime! We also ask that you "check out" the seeds, then return them to our seed library once you have grown them out! Happy gardening!

Comment by Katharine Byers on May 21, 2013 at 9:55am

Thanks for letting us know Peter.... I will come and get some for the Salt Spring Elementary garden! Katharine

Comment by Peter Codling on May 21, 2013 at 9:34am

Over 100 strawberry plants 600 Beddis Rd. 250 537 2166.   Some raspberry plants too. Other stuff....  Where the barn is in the middle of the road.  Cheers Peter

Comment by Jon Healey on May 21, 2013 at 9:02am

When is 'Local' local?

Heard this morning that the CFIA is planning to change the definition of 'local' for labeling purposes from within 50 km to within the Province or within 50 km of the Province.  So in future, Alberta, Washington, Idaho and Montana produce can all be labeled 'Local'.   CFIA claims it is modernizing t the definition but the real reason seems to be to suppress little local producers.  Full information is at the url below.  Not easy to complain to CFIA but if you value real local you might want to write to the politicians.

Comment by Dianne Haffner on November 4, 2011 at 12:12pm
I am sorting my present dill.  I have looked on the internet for info about dill seeds.  I have very round brown seeds and flat, oval seeds.  Nowhere does it mention what the round ones are...apparently the oval ones are the ones you plant.  What are the round ones? 
Comment by Peter Codling on October 30, 2011 at 3:29pm
To my knowledge no one has died on Salt Spring from drinking raw milk or from eating meat that was butchered, cut and wrapped here. That activity is illegal now. So don't advertise on the internet, illegal activities, making it easier for the food police to bust you. Just do what you do and keep it to yourself. Do you want to create a controversy , butt heads with the "authorities "or just live your life and carry a big stick. Support Michael Schmidt. The pen is mightier than the sword. My uncle, in Cambrai France , Plot one, row H, grave 19, drank raw milk his whole life, supposedly fighting against fascism and for freedom. Did he die in vane?  We need to remind our Gov't and corporate world, from time to time. We are loosing our freedoms, slowly... one at a time and most people don't even notice.  As long as we slaves are somewhat happy, all's ok.  Law is complicated. That's what you are dealing with. Studying common law may save your bacon.
Comment by Jan Steinman on October 19, 2011 at 2:53pm

Food Freedom -- not to be taken for granted!


Our government has declared war on a gentle, mild-mannered dairy farmer, assessing $110,000 in fines. Michaels Schmidt's terrible offence? He set up a shared-ownership situation in which he cared for people's cows and distributed THEIR milk to them! He initially won a court battle, but it was reversed in a higher court, in which the judge stated that Canadians do not have a fundamental right to drink milk, pasteurized or not, from animals they own.

Here on Salt Spring, I have set up a herd share operation so that the co-owners of EcoReality Co-op's dairy goat herd can legally (so we thought) obtain raw milk from their goats. So far, the regulators have not noticed our little operation. But you can be sure they will someday.

I would gladly go to jail for this cause. But they are too smart for that -- they don't want martyrs on their hands. Instead, they levy usurious fines, upon which they can seize assets, putting the raw dairy operations into bankruptcy.

But now they have a martyr on their hands. After trying to work with the authorities for 17 years, brave Michael Schmidt is in his 19th day of a hunger strike. He is seeking to meet with the Ontario Premiere in order to find a way that citizens can eat food of their choosing, from animals they own.

"But I don't drink milk," you might exclaim, or even "I'm vegan, and don't believe animals should be milked."

Well, remember what Pastor Martin Niemoller* wrote in the days of Nazi Germany? It may be milk they're after today, but it may be your bean sprouts tomorrow. This is not someone else's problem! This is a problem for ANYONE who wants control over what they eat.

Please join me in signing the petition!

After you've done that, please send a note to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty asking that he agree to meet with Michael Schmidt, so he can end his hunger strike. So far, the Premier of Ontario is unwilling to do so:
Keep in mind this is not an "Ontario" problem; BC has also levied $55,000 of fines on Michael Schmidt for his work on Alice Jongerden's cow share operation in Chilliwack.
It could be here next. Act now!

Jan Steinman

* "In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up." -- Pastor Martin Niemoller


Comment by Jon Healey on September 6, 2011 at 2:35pm

Hi Shoshannah and All,

Transition Salt Spring will be having a booth at the fall fair.  We would like to have a board featuring the groups that have set up on the transition website, listing current activity, any particular successes, and upcoming events.  Is there anyone in this group who could send me a short e-mail with information?

recent activities

particular successes

upcoming events


Jon Healey

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