Monday, January 1, 2018

Campaign to Save our BC Fisheries

In partnership with fishers, harvesters, EcoTrust and the TBuck Suzuki Foundation and other supporters across Canada, Slow Food Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands and the Slow Fish campaign support this campaign.  

The Canadian Government is managing our fisheries using policies that result in the privatization of access to fish resources. Catch shares, in one form or another, are now used as the principle means of managing commercial fisheries on the Pacific Coast, and individual transferable quotas (ITQs) are used in 60% of BC fisheries. The cost to purchase quota for Pacific commercial fish species has skyrocketed over the last 30 years due to concentrated ownership by a wealthy few. This has led to economic prosperity for a select few at the cost of many fishermen and coastal communities.
Further, citizens and local small businesses -- fishmongers, chefs, restaurateurs, etc -- can not access a good supply of local fish for their dinner tables and their customers. Currently 85% of Canadian seafood is exported while up to 93% of the seafood available to Canadians is imported. Canadian food security is in great danger when we are selling off access to one of our most important protein sources.
The Pacific commercial fisheries today continue to land a significant catch and a high dollar value. It is estimated that Pacific commercial fisheries land 129,670 tonnes of fish each year [source], worth a gross landed value of $356 million [source]. However, the number of boats and fish harvesters have decreased dramatically over the last thirty years, resulting in significant job loss and economic hardship for coastal communities. --

Number of personal commercial fishing licences reflecting the number of fishing jobs in British Columbia, 1985-2015.

This is our best chance yet at saving BC seafood from multi-national corporate ownership
and bringing attention to the plight of our fishing communities! 

Please sign today & share widely.

  • The petition will be delivered by hand to Justin Trudeau's office in Montreal. This will be a bilingual campaign, translations are happening now.
  • We will also have letters available for you to send to your MP.
  • For more information please visit this link.

Let's help put Canadian seafood on Canadian tables! Take action now >

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Slow Food Chef's Alliance Lunch at Ragley Farm | Sept 24th 2017

Spend an afternoon at the farm while feasting on the bounty of another successful growing season! Join us at Ragley Farm on Sunday, September 24th as we celebrate local food and those who produce it. Meet your farmers and enjoy a meal created by Chef's Alliance member Oliver Kienest and friends of Wild Mountain Food & Drink. Look forward to an afternoon centered around community, good food and conversation. A fundraiser for our volunteer convivium, we will also have a silent auction. Thank you for supporting your local food community!

  • Date: Sunday, September 24th
  • Time: 2:00-6:00 pm
  • Location: Ragley Farm, Sooke
  • Members - $45.00
  • Non-Members - $55.00
  • Optional Drink Pairing - $15.00

Click here to purchase tickets

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Edible Seaweed Identification Foray with Dakini Tidal Wilds & Wild Mountain | June 11 2017

Sunday, June 11th at Whiffen Spit Park in Sooke - Amanda Swiminer, marine biologist and seaweed harvester for Dakini Tidal Wilds and Chef Oliver Kienast from Wild Mountain Food & Drink and member of the Slow Food Chef’s Alliance, will lead a wild foods foray along the coast, identifying seaweeds and their culinary uses.

- $15 for Slow Food members
- $20 for friends of Slow Food

Meet in the Whiffen Spit parking lot at 10am.

For more information and tickets click here

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thank you from our Garden in Sierra Leone

Slow Food Vancouver Island received a lovely thank you note from our Slow Food  garden leader in Sierra Leone. But the thanks really belongs to you our members and supporters, who made our Sketches from Trauma Farm evening and silent auction November 12 such a success.   His e-mail is copied below along with some images.


Dear Slow Food Vancouver Island supporters:

It is with great joy the members of the Slow Food community gardens in
Sierra Leone have learnt about your generous financial donation for the
maintenance and repair of their community farms and garden tools. This will
enable us increase productivity and fetch us considerable increase in our regular 
income. Thanks to Slow Food Vancouver Island in Canada.
The advantage of having Slow Food gardens in Sierra Leone can be seen
clearly. Most of our produce is now sold to the local school boarding home
management and the school community. The project has helped hundreds of
people receive food from the gardens planted in homes, schools and
communities, particularly people who can't  grow food for themselves -
like orphans, venerable children, the sick, the elderly and the
desperately poor. 
However, the unexpected blow to the community of the Ebola outbreak left an
indelible mark on a whole range of people and communities in our country.
A huge number of these are the children and women, many women became widows
and children became orphans.
Kudos to the Slow Food Vancouver Island members for their immense, valuable and meaningful assistance to the 72 orphan children identified by the Slow Food members in the Slow Food gardens communities in the country. This assistance has made life for these
venerable kids indeed more comfortable for which we are very  grateful.
Our sincere gratitude goes to you for their support.

Ibrahim Mansaray, Slow Food Leader Sierra Leone 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Slow Food Presents... Sketches from Trauma Farm | Nov 12th & 13th

Sketches from Trauma Farm (A Rebel History of Rural Life)

Theatre and a great cause! Slow Food Vancouver Island proudly presents a clever new play

This funny and poignant one act play starring Vancouver actor Richard Newman is adapted from Brian Brett's acclaimed book Trauma Farm by nationally-known playwright and author Charles Tidler. 

A Saltspring Island farmer, Brett is making the trip from his farm in the Gulf Islands to introduce the show. Newman is known for his Shakespearean roles and voice acting in animated productions such as Transformers and Wolverine. The playwright Charles Tidler had a lot of powerful material to draw on. 

Brett's vivid writing translates perfectly into meditations on farm life. Richard Newman's performance captures Brett's constant astonishment about the strange and marvelous ways of the world.  With "often raucous" moments, as the Globe and Mail said about the book, “there are no punches pulled about the pleasures and pain of farming."

Proceeds from Sketches from Trauma Farm go towards Slow Food Vancouver Island's ongoing efforts to support local farmers, chefs, the preservation of heritage seeds and breeds, education and Slow Food International's 10,000 Gardens in Africa program which aims at creating sustainable food communities through school gardens.

Meet author Brian Brett at a post-show reception with small bites and beverages, then peruse the silent auction offerings.

“Each day I learn from the animals how to pay attention. The plants teach me patience.” – Brian Brett

Tickets are $20 for Slow Food members  & $25 for non-members
  • Saturday, November 12 - 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Odd Fellows Hall 1315 Douglas St. in Victoria
    Click here for tickets
  • Sunday, November 13 - 2:30 pm (doors open at 2:00 pm)
    Metchosin Community House,  4430 Happy Valley Road
    Click here for tickets
Members $20, non-members $25
Click here for tickets

Our  community supporters include: Royal Dinette, Pilgrimme, Wild Mountain, Ten Acres Bistro;  Spinnaker’s Brewpub; The Abkhazi Teahouse, Saltchuck Pie Co., Sookesquatch Salt Co., Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel (Vancouver), Sirene Chocolate; Whole Foods; The Garden Path/Carolyn Herriott; Lush Cosmetics; Organic Fair Chocolate; Laurel Point Inn; Hotel Rialto; Oak Bay Beach Hotel and more to come.

This promises to be a special event. Please bring friends!

About the Garden

We are supporting the Slow Food 10,000 Gardens in Africa project at Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School, Bwera, Uganda.
Our Slow Food leader at the school, Buletwomu Nelson, raises awareness among young generations about the importance of food biodiversity. Elders share their knowledge of traditional plants and practices. Ideas are exchanged with other gardens. This project enables participating schools, families and hospitals to have healthy, fresh food in every season, and to set up meeting places for exchanging knowledge.

If you would like to make a contribution for our silent auction contact Linda Silverthorn at 
250 478-5175