Harvest Program

Since 2009 SSI Community Services has been developing a food program, formerly “Peoples’ Roots“, called HARVEST, with vegetable and fruit gardens at numerous program sites, including an acre of farmland in the Fulford Valley.

The gardens are therapeutic environments for SSI Community Services programs, provide introductory gardening and work experience, and contribute fresh organic produce to the Food Bank and other food programs for vulnerable people.

garden kidThe Harvest Program contribute to a growing movement towards community food security and increasing local production.  SSI Community Services works closely with groups such as the SSI Agricultural Alliance and the SSI Farmland Trust to plan for the future.

The HARVEST  program, in addition to the HARVEST Farm – over an acre of growing area including a large greenhouse, propagation house and orchard, encompasses a full circle of food security programs including:

Second HARVEST – Food Recovery Program
HARVEST Kitchen Cafe – a social enterprise utilizing the ingredients from the growing and food recovery programs with proceeds returning to SSI Food Security;
HARVEST Market – our market by donation and our Farmers’ Market Nutritional Coupon Program;

See our HARVEST Salt Spring website for more information

People's Roots at Salt Spring Island Community ServicesTo get involved contact the Food Security Coordinator at 250-537-9971. Donations of time, garden supplies ranging from veggie starts to hand tools, or cash is always welcome.

SSI Community Services Community Gardens have developed as a result of the generosity of the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation as well as many other local donors and volunteers.


Community Gardens Salt Spring Island