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The Sandown Centre stewards 83 acres of working farm, wetland and forest, serving
as a hub in North Saanich for best practices in regenerative agriculture. The Sandown
Centre supports and engages with emerging growers, researchers, community

members and regional farmers; working together to build a thriving, climate change-
resilient, sustainable local food system.

OUR GOALS

We work towards three interrelated goals:

  • Support restoration of land and water through stewardship

  • Foster and support farmers and growers in regenerative agriculture

  • Engage the community

The Sandown Centre is located on the traditional lands of the Tseycum peoples.

We acknowledge the Tseycum peoples’ careful stewardship of these lands and waters and the abundant local food system, nurtured since time immemorial. 

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Regenerative agriculture is a farming philosophy and set of practices which aim to not only protect, but also to improve the health of the soil and surrounding ecosystem. It is a dynamic concept that focuses on restoring intact carbon, and nutrient and water cycling while also sustaining farmer’s livelihoods through culturally relevant practices. Regenerative agriculture seeks to nourish the ties between the land, its natural heritage, and the community.

 

At the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, we are working to restore heavily degraded land through careful stewardship and without the use of harmful substances. Our definition includes six overarching, aspirational principles that we are continuously learning how to put into practice:

  • Keep the soil covered

  • Minimize soil disturbance

  • Maximize crop diversity

  • Integrate livestock

  • Maintain a living root year round

  • Understand the context of your farm operation

Source: Investigating Incentives for Regenerative Agriculture, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) at Western University 2021 (pg. 9)

VIRTUAL TOUR

Take a virtual site tour and learn more about the various features and amenities of the Sandown Centre by clicking on the icons on the map. This map was created by Tenaya Lynx & Amber Heard, students of UVic SOSC 300 class of Spring 2023.

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