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?
Stay tuned for the North Saanich Hallowe'en pumpkin patch...
Flavour Trails at the Sandown Centre! August 27th
We were thrilled to be a main site for the Flavour Trail weekend. Here was our schedule for Saturday August 27th:
Gates at 8:45 am
9am - Yoga with Alexandra Boechler
Suggested donation: $10 – cash or card
Start the day with a gentle outdoor yoga session surrounded by beautiful flowers. Connect with yourself and the earth before taking on the Flavour Trail! Prior experience with yoga is not required. Bring Yoga mat or beach towel/blanket.
10am - Bird watching with Neil Hughes
Tour is limited to 25 people, first-come first-served.
Between the regenerative agriculture and the woodland, Sandown provides excellent habitat for birds-- some quite unique in North Saanich. Although a quiet time of year, fall migration is building and birds are beginning to prepare for winter! This tour will review the important habitat and birds that use Sandown throughout the year.
11am - Sheep Shearing with Lorea Tomsin
Meet olde country registered ewes and lambs up close. Try samples of our amazing sausage, purchase lamb cuts and wool products: yarn, bedding, slippers, socks, dryer balls, sheep skins and blankets. Don't miss the sheep shearing demos with sheep expert Lorea. These demos are up close, fascinating and fun.
11am - Carlos Bermudez of Los Panas Kitchen begins serving authentic Venezuelan food made with passion, love, and herbs grown at Sandown. The food is 100% gluten free, and he has options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Serving until sold out!
11am - Vendor market begins! We will have fresh-picked Farmpreneur harvest for sale with Frozen Coast farms, abundant organic flower bouquets from Little Crescent farms, Sandown Centre organic garlic, an Ask a Farmer booth, and lamb and wool products from Olde Country Wools! Carol Hyland of Alderly Grange and other members of the Flax to Linen group will be demonstrating hand processing of flax grown on site at Sandown. They will have demonstrations and will have seeds and other local linen products for sale.
12 onwards - Live music in the meadow with the wonderful Sophia Sol
12 pm - Kid's Zone in the meadow - zucchini racing, scarecrow making
1 pm - Bring your family to our free ice cream cone event! Local ice cream lovingly crafted by local maker Betterwith ice cream.
1:30 pm- Sandown site tour
Come take a tour which will lead you through all the highlights of the activities and learnings happening at the Sandown Centre: from rotational grazing with sheep, to climate change action using soil biology, to the Farmpreneur program and some of the amazing things being grown on site!
2:30 - Sheep shearing demo #2
Grow Your Own Food
is a season-long course to teach you all the fundamentals to grow your own bounty this year. The 2022 course was taught by Stephanie Jacobs of Fireweed Farms. This course guides 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 email@example.com
This past April, we ran 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 $35.
Growing Young Farmers Summer Camps
We are thrilled to be partnering with GYF to offer farm-based summer camps through summer! Children have the opportunity to 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. Questions can be directed to Brooke of Growing Young Farmers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. email@example.com