Rising Economy: The Sandown Centre for regenerative agriculture


When it comes to growing food, our most precious resource is soil. But according to a 2022 RBC report, more than half the world’s upper levels of topsoil — where 95 per cent of our food is grown — have disappeared in the last 150 years due to modern, intensive farming practices.

Restoring the health of our soil is critical to our food supply, our economy, and mitigating climate change because healthy soil stores carbon.

A small but very important part of the movement to save our soil is happening in North Saanich at the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture.

On the site of the former Sandown Racetrack, farmers, scientists and volunteers are focused on reviving the soil and fostering a new generation of regenerative farmers.

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