SBC September 2020 – Tamara Knott: Owner & Controlled Environment Farmer at Bright Greens & Steve Duck: Business Manager for the Sandown Center for Regenerative Agriculture


  • fresh food to market – distribution challenging / processing in Island challenging
  • high land costs
  • older farm owners dominant / succession issues / aging out with huge debt / how do young farmers get involved
  • high cost of labour / limited labour pool
  • how can the farm owner earn a sustainable living?

Partner Solutions

3 Emerging Areas

  • small farm development
  • new foods
  • new practises for small farm production

Why are these emergent areas? Focus on high cost of land and creating sustainable & affordable businesses

Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture

  • building future farms
  • agricultural sustainability & security
  • regenerative farming (junkyard to farm)
  • mentoring of future farmers & community farmers
  • partners:
    • District of North Saanich
    • UVIC
    • Fickle Fig Farm
    • Kwantlen Institute for Sustainable Food & Systems
    • Tseycum Nation in the future


  • pay attention to our own backyard – must be able to regenerate our land
  • future investment in the “farmpreneur” – must be better farm based business people & entities

the Peninsula is a fabulous asset & we must celebrate & promote the food / farming / business sector to the broader community