February 25
10am to 3pm
Sooke Community Hall
Come be part of Sooke’s premier seed and local food growing event! This family-friendly day will feature a diverse range of seed and plant vendors, seed exchange, workshops, and more. Sooke Fall Fair Society is proud to support the event and provides a healthy lunch and market downstairs throughout the day. Everything in one place to get you geared up for the gardening season! Volunteers are still needed. More information about volunteering contact Emily  parsonsemily@hotmail.com or call 250-642-5788
Farmer2Farmer Learning
Royal Roads Continuing Education is offering Farmer2Farmer Workshops in February. Food CHI invites local food producers to attend these workshops. We have funds enough to cover two registration fees. Send an email by Feb. 3 to info@foodchi.ca and tell us why you are interested in the workshop of your choice. Our Board of Directors will respond if you've been selected!
Save the Date!
Farm & Film Gala Evening with Sooke Awareness Film Night
Weds., April 12 
featuring
SEED: The Untold Story 
Click on the image for the official trailer and watch for more information on our website!
Enjoy writing?
Sooke Region Food CHI is seeking a person to be the Society’s newsletter editor. The volunteer editor would create and deliver this online newsletter through the Society’s Mailchimp site. We'd love to hear from you! Click here for details.

Winter News from Sooke Food CHI

Food CHI’s Directors are pleased to share with our members our news for this month and next; news that reflects our mission to strengthen food security in our region. Mark your calendars for upcoming events!Please note, if you are having trouble accessing the Sooke Food CHI website it is currently being updated and will be back online soon, thanks for your patience.

Join us for Sooke Food CHI's
10th Annual
General Meeting!

Thursday, February 9th
with guest speakers

Director Mike Hicks (JDF Electoral Area)
Mayor Maja Tait (Sooke District)
Chief Gordon Planes (T'Sou-ke Nation)
Derek Masselink (Agrologist)


at the new St. Rose of Lima Church 
2191 Townsend Rd, Sooke


6:45 pm
Gathering and Refreshments

7:15 pm
Annual General Meeting
7:45 pm
Presentation
The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board recently approved the Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy – “Setting Our Table”. The Strategy aims to enhance awareness of local agricultural issues and opportunities and increase local food production. 

Change to Constitution
The Board will present a motion at the Annual General Meeting on February 9, 2017, for members attending to rescind the existing purposes of Sooke Region Food CHI Society’s constitution and replace with the recommended purpose, vision and mission statements here. This review was identified in our Strategic Plan 2020.

About Our AGM
Sooke Region Food CHI Society, first formed in 2007, a voluntary organization with over 250 members, has accomplished a lot to increase access to local foods, support our farmers, and encourage others to grow food to get to the table.  There is much our organization still wants to accomplish, working hand in hand with our local governments, members and communities.

Annual General Meetings are designed for the membership to review, comment on and provide input on the activities and direction of the society. With such a broad and important mandate as ours – supporting a vibrant local food system – it really will take a whole community to meet that mandate.
  • To familiarize yourself with our goals, priorities and action plan, you can read more here.
  • 2016 Financial Statements here
  • Mission, Vision and Values here
  • Past Annual Reports can be viewed here.
  • More info  on our AGM page
See you there!  

Feel free to send any questions to info@sookeregionfoodchi.com

Have You Heard About the CRD's Regional Food & Agriculture Strategy?
 

To reduce barriers to sustainable food production and enhance the Capital Regional food system, the CRD Board late last year approved a Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy (RFAS) and currently is forming a regional task force to include interests of non-profits, First Nations, the Ministry of Agriculture and other parties. The RFAS would apply to Southern Vancouver Island, and not overlap with Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Island Electoral Areas' strategies. 
Read our summary here.
#StakeInThePeace to Stop Site C Dam
Sooke Food CHI Directors were proud to take out a Stake In The Peace and show our support for Peace Valley food producers and Treaty 8 First Nations.
All 100% of funds raised directly support Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations legal challenge to Protect the Peace River Valley.
www.stakeinthepeace.com
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