Farm Tour
Thanks to all those who participated in the 2015 Farm Tour. Our 2015 theme was “Hands-on Farming for a Day” and with the goal of strengthening the relationship between community members and local food producers in our region. Host farms were ALM Organic Farm, Cast Iron Farm, Eagle Paws Organics, Orveas Creek Organics, Ragley Farm, Silvercloud Farm, Saltwest Naturals, and Tugwell Creek Farm & Meadery. Huge thanks to all the volunteers and planning committee members for a job well done.
Grow a Row at SRG
Volunteers at the Sunriver Community gardens continue to grow food for the Sooke Food bank and other helping agencies this, our fifth summer. With a community grant from the District of Sooke we've been able to contract Paula McCormick for 10 hours weekly May-October to coordinate the growing , harvesting and distribution of fresh produce twice a week. A number of our allotment garden gardeners also donate surplus veggies to the Food Bank. Read more info here.
Sooke Foodshed Initiative 
A coalition of food interest groups has formed in Sooke around the concept of a regional foodshed. A foodshed describes a region where food flows from the area that it is produced to the place where it is consumed, including the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on. Sooke Food CHI along with the Sooke Region Farmland Trust, Slow Food (Sooke), Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, Transition Sooke, Sooke Farmers Club, and regional restaurateurs are members of the coalition. Other organizations are also interested in joining. To further this work, the coalition has submitted a letter of intent to Vancity for an enviroFund grant. For more info, check out the Sooke Farmland Trust site here.

Summer news from Sooke Food CHI

Food CHI’s directors are pleased to share with our members our spring news. News that reflects our mission to strengthen food security in our region through a number of events, partnerships and programs.


Apple Fest, Sunday September 27, 10-3 Sunriver Community Gardens

A celebration of local foods, harvests, and community. Apple and apple tree sales, local growers, apple identification, pie auction, delicious apple products, hand pressed juices, apple bobbing, orchard tours, music and games. Unique food vendors offering local food snacks and lunch. Don’t miss the Food Art Exhibition and sale brought to you in part by the Sooke Community Arts Council. Funds raised support our Community Orchard at SRG. Fun for all ages, admission by donation.

How can Food CHI members be involved?
Missing out on this celebration of like-minded folks is not an option, get involved !

1. Attend
Be part of this community festival of local apples; a chance for foodies, community members, growers and farmers to come together to show case and celebrate our regions’ bounty. Funds raised from event will go to the community orchard to support infrastructure costs like fencing and root cellar completion.
Come out and have fun! Check out the huge pie auction, apple and apple product sales, demos, 15 unique slow food vendors to tempt your appetite and provide lunch and many interesting snacks. Games lead by some of our families from the Sunriver Gardens, music, and the fabulous Food Art Exhibition and sale. Check out our website
here for more info.

2. Volunteer
There are all kinds of fun things to help with! Short 2 hour shifts, so you can still enjoy the event, and get in for free! Seeking volunteers for setup Saturday Sept. 26 and 8 am-10 am Sept. 27, take down, parking support, greeters, admission table, pie auction, pressing juices,  hosting the musicians, kids games, and the food art exhibition. More info
here and please feel free to contact Phoebe at (250) 642-4342 or

Gleaners Wanted
If you are a VOLUNTEER with a few hours to spare this fall, we need Fruit Pickers. Sooke Food CHI has partnered with Lifecycles Fruit Tree Project to pilot a fruit tree gleaning day in September and a day in October.

Interested? Email Help out and you’ll get to take home fruit.

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