The 2014 Fall Fair was held on September 13 and 14, 2014 at the Farmers’ Institute Grounds at 351 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island.
The 2014 Catalogue, found here, may be used for reference until the 2015 Catalogue is available at the end of June 2015.
The United Nations had declared 2014 the “International Year of Family Farming.”
The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute enthusiastically endorsed this initiative and chose the theme “CELEBRATING FAMILY FARMING” for the 2014 Fall Fair. Family farming is firmly rooted in the traditions of this Island. For more than 150 years, from the initial struggles of the pioneer days, through two world wars, a devastating economic depression, and the collapse of the dairy industry in the 1950’s, family farming has been seminal to this community. Today, we are witnessing a revival of farming on this island with the emergence of a new cadre of farmers – a very hopeful future.
This UN initiative is endorsed by the (FAO) “Food and Agriculture Organization”, promoted by the World Rural Forum and by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations world-wide. The goal of the 2014 “International Year of Family Farming” is “… to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas … to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders …and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers”.
Approximately three quarters of the world population (often the poorest) is involved in family farming. For most, it is survival, to eke out a living, not make a profit! In most cultures, family farming is the link between the past, the present and the future. A World Bank study, which examined sixty one countries, concluded that “small scale farms have the best potential for alleviating global hunger.”
The Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute encourages all islanders to embrace and promote this initiative in their own way.