Online Farm Map to Vancouver Island Local Foods
A Guide to Farms and Local Foods in Greater Victoria, Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island
Island farmers currently produce hundreds of fresh, regional foods, including unique heirloom fruits and vegetables. The public interest in locally grown produce is opening the door to exciting new “local” food possibilities. Responding to the push for fewer food miles, island producers are testing the viability of once exotic foods like quinoa, wasabi and citrus fruits.
As a part of this growing local foods movement, BC Farms & Food has created the interactive map to connect people with locally harvested foods in seven regions: Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, Metchosin, Sooke, Cowichan Valley, Cobble Hill and Salt Spring Island. The map is a resource for residents and tourists who want to explore Vancouver Island farms, and for chefs who want to source food locally.
BC Farms & Food map users can search for a complete range of local produce, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, mushrooms, grains, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, fish & seafood, wine, and specialty items.
The map is designed so users can do combined searches to pinpoint special interests—for example, a search on “pesticide-free,” and “apples” to bring up local farms offering pesticide-free apples. The map also helps users locate farm stands, CSA box programs, wineries, and farms that welcome visitors for tours, festivals, or overnight stays.
BC Farms & Food hopes the interactive map will also augment regional efforts at food sustainability and revitalization of local agriculture. Vancouver Island currently raises only a small percentage of its food. The site hopes to contribute to efforts to reverse this trend and make local agriculture a driver of sustainable and economic development for the region.
BC Farms & Food is a news and information website about local food and farms in south coast British Columbia. In addition to the interactive Vancouver Island Farms & Food Map, the site features articles, profiles, multimedia, and recipes.