Letter: Motivated by Watercliff?

Monday, March 25 2013

Here’s some more inspiration

I was inspired and impressed by the recent article and photos of the young families working on the Watercliff permaculture project. Hurray for them and their generous and far-thinking landlord!

Interested readers and like-minded food producers please note: the March-April issue of Watershed Sentinel focuses on food security and on page 29 there is an item of particular interest to young farmers entitled “Zero-Interest Microloans for Food Producers & Processors.” The article explains how Vancity, FarmFolk CityFolk and Island Chef’s Collaborative have partnered to offer zero interest micro-loans to food producers in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and our islands in the Salish Sea.

This micro-loan enables food producers to invest in equipment and materials that allow them to increase the supply of food in their region. The article notes that the median age of a farmer in B.C. in 2007 was 57 years. Market demand for locally grown food must be strong enough to encourage a younger set of farmers, fishers, ranchers, harvesters and food processors to grow for our local market. 

Supporting local food producers benefits all of us and is a most worthy contribution to the future of our communities. You can find copies of Watershed Sentinel at our local library and online at www.watershedsentinel.ca. 

Happy reading and gardening!

~ Susan Yates