North Saanich’s Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture was bustling on Saturday (Aug. 27) as the community toured the site as part of the 2022 Flavour Trails.
The two-day event sees producers across the district welcome the community onto their lands to help foster closer relationships. Sandown served as the central hub for the tour, which features more than 20 venues.
On offer was everything from food vendors, fresh-cut flowers and produce grown at the site, sheep shearing and fibre-making demonstrations, and kids’ activities like zucchini races.
“Your farmer’s name is as important as your doctor’s name, your dentist’s name, your banker’s name,” said Krista Larsen, program and events coordinator. “At (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives) one of our mandates is to keep that relationship economically successful to further engage the community with events and programming.”
Jen Rashleigh, manager of partner and community engagement at Sandown, said participating in the event for the first time this year was good timing as the site’s in its second growing year and ready to show off everything it has on offer.
“This is a chance to open the doors, which is what Flavour Trails is all about, so we wanted to make sure we had a big lineup of different programming here,” said Rashleigh. “We are just trying to show the full spectrum of what we do here and showcase all the ways the public can get involved. I don’t think we could be any happier with how it’s going so far. I’m seeing conversations and I’m seeing people trying things … those are the sorts of connections that are so important.”