The Sea to Seed tour comes to Roberts Creek on Saturday, May 20. An initiative of Over Grow The System, they’ve partnered locally with the One Straw Society to bring their message of sustainable farming practices to the Coast. Started in 2014, the current Sea to Seed tour comprises 20 people, including organizers and performers, sailing from gig to gig, telling stories, singing songs and eating locally sourced food. They left Mayne Island on May 9 in two sailboats, a 34 foot Columbia Mark II and a 55 foot wooden staysail Ketch built in 1935. They are making several stops in the Gulf Islands, two on the Coast, and ending the tour in Vancouver on May 23. James Reinert, event coordinator and board member with the One Straw Society, sees partnering with Over Grow The System as an excellent way of showcasing the work One Straw does on the Coast. “Their values completely align with our own,” says Reinert. “Encouraging, promoting and supporting local food production, wild crafting (gathering of wild plants and foods) and the production of organic food through organic farming.” Food security and sovereignty are important issues facing communities all over the world. Fifty years ago, Vancouver Island farmers produced 85 per cent of the food consumed on the Island. Now it’s only 10 per cent. Here on the Coast, one per cent of food is sourced locally. Industrialized agriculture uses pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers that contribute to climate change, centralize food production, and create monocultures, making crops susceptible to disease and pests. “[We need] to start producing our own foods in our own backyards,” says Reinert. “And having our neighbours produce it on their farms next to where we live so we can literally walk to where our food is produced and buy it or gather it ourselves.”
Each stop on the Sea to Seed tour features a community feast highlighting locally sourced, grown and gathered food. The Roberts Creek feast is a three-course sit down dinner being prepared by Martin Casella of Caspier Catering in Sechelt. Menu options include sea asparagus with miso dressing, nettle soup, wild salmon, goulash stuffed morels with pickled sunchokes, and ice cream or beet sorbet for dessert. The concert features a mix of talented musicians and social activists, including blues performer The Tailor, soul folk singer Dustin Thomas, archival song keeper Peia, and renowned folk group Rising Appalachia.
Sea to Seed comes to the Roberts Creek Hall Saturday, May 20. Feast at 6:30pm, concert at 9:30pm. Tickets: $55 feast and concert, concert only $25. Kids $10. More info and tickets available at onestraw.ca/events/calendar.