Fifty years ago, farmers on Vancouver Island produced 85% of the Island’s food. Today, Island producers provide on 10% of the food consumed there. Meanwhile, low incomes and access to land create barriers for new farmers, and the average age of the BC farmer is now 57 years old.

Since 2013, a crew of musicians, farmers, filmmakers, writers, and photographers have set off on the Sea to Seed Tour, a sailboat voyage that sets a course through the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. This expedition is made annually in the hopes of growing our knowledge and awareness of BC’s food security (and, by association, global food security), as well as supporting farmers and those working with the land.

Our mission is as follows:

  • To collect and share the stories of the farming communities along the coast
  • To explore the importance of localizing food systems, ethical farming, seed saving and community building
  • To engage the role that art and culture play in supporting and celebrating these ways of life
  • To create active, educational and celebratory sharing opportunities that foster and build relationships amongst people and communities
  • To make the stories we capture accessible, and scalable to a global audience so that we can all enjoy the inspiration, education, and influence they bring.

In 2017 we focused on three main topics to explore: sailing as a mode of transport, growing food, as well as youth and elders on the land. Short films, music, articles, and photographs were created to document these themes and will be shared with our audience over March 2018. We hope you enjoy.