The Future of Agricultural Self-sufficiency on Gabriola

Submitted by Carroll Hodge

Gabriola Historical and Museum Society

Wednesday, February 25 2015

With close to 70 per cent of all fruit and vegetables consumed in BC imported from California and the U.S., we will all have to start rethinking where our food comes from and how we grow it. Food production in California is suffering as the state goes through its fourth year of a devastating drought that climate scientists say may be the new normal.

The Rollo family digging potatoes. 

Gabriola Museum Archives

 

Imagining how we will produce and consume food on the island over the next 20 years is the topic of discussion at the Gabriola Museum’s panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at The Haven’s Phoenix Auditorium. Ivan Bulic will present a short history of farming and land uses on Gabriola. The discussion will be moderated by Steve Struthers and feature a panel including Rosheen Holland, long-time grower at Good Earth Farm; Brian Crumblhulme, Island Tides food columnist, Mayne Island Trustee and organic gardener; and Pollen Heath, a permaculture-based market garden farmer at Watercliff Farm here on Gabriola.

Steve Struthers will also moderate “from the floor” and encourage questions and dialogue among participants concerning all and any ideas, proposals, concerns about food production and consumption, including GMOs, the impact of climate change, agro-business, paving over agricultural land and small-scale local farming.

This event is sponsored by the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society. Admission by donation.