Let’s face it: knowing where your food comes from, who grew it, and how to grow it yourself is one of the finer things in life.
It happens naturally — you find yourself slowing down and savouring meal; getting recipes for your favourite “new” vegetable (often from the farmer who grew them!), and saving seeds to grow next year.
The Sandown Centre is serious about supporting your curiosity, confidence & capability as a locavore.
What is currently happening?
"Grow Your Own Food” is a season-long course to teach you all the fundamentals to grow your own bounty this year. This year the course will be taught by Stephanie Jacobs of Fireweed Farms, who will guide you through everything you need to grow your own abundance — from garden planning and planting, right through to seed saving. Shared amenities like automatic irrigation, field processing stations and tools makes it easy for you to show up and get growing!
For more information and to register for the course, email Fireweed Farms directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Bathing: This spring, on Saturday April 2, we are planning for a half-day mini retreat of forest bathing, a practice developed in Japan. Forest therapy guides Kelly Kiss and Peter Hehl, certified forest therapy guides from Saltspring Island, will introduce us to the practice of forest bathing in our very own 20 acre Sandown forest, home to 115 unique bird species. This is a beautiful mindful practice that will cultivate a deeper connection with the forest and with yourself. Cost is $35. Details here
Growing Young Farmers Summer Camps. We are thrilled to be partnering with GYF to offer farm-based summer camps through July and August! Come and get hands-on in the dirt, grow food, get lost inside our sunflower fort, visit with the sheep and pigs, learn about biodiversity and land/food systems, and make the kind of deep, playful summer connections that happen best when you are outdoors together in nature. Registration will be through Panorama Community Centre. Here's a sneak peek of the dates, times and ages! Questions can be directed to Brooke of Growing Young Farmers at email@example.com
Land and Forest Stewardship
Sandown is 83 acres of arable land, wetland, forest wetland, and classic Coastal Douglas Fir forest. It is also an exercise in community co-management, as we learn as a community how to understand and best serve this wonderful, varied ecosystem. Enhancing the land will ensure increased biodiversity, cleaner waters, living soils, and increased carbon sequestration. Would you like to be a part of this stewardship program? We are currently building out this program for 2022 and will mail out information through our mailing list soon. For more information, please sign onto our mailing list at the bottom of our homepage.
Community Gardens: our first growing season!
Through the summer of 2021, we worked to build our community gardens, and we are now entering into our first year in the gardens. We are full, and do have a waitlist. firstname.lastname@example.org
What are we dreaming and scheming for future happenings?
Sandown Supper Clubs will offer fabulous dining experiences at The Fickle Fig (with Sandown-grown produce, naturally!) accompanied by salon-style lectures with some of the leading thinkers in regenerative agriculture.
Workshops and classes will feed your learning in a range of topics, from active “citizen science” classes, to forest bathing walks, to pruning classes for your budding home orchard.
Food Festivals: Our aim is simple: we want you to fall hopelessly in love with your local food system. In our seasonal festivals, you’ll meet your makers, one fruit at a time. Take the humble FIG for example: our climate supports 150 varieties. Don’t you want to taste them, pick your favourite varieties, meet the passionate experts who grow them, and maybe take some home?