Sooke, BC Farming & Gardening by Women Is the Focus of Awareness Film Night in March

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edible garden Learn the history and current state of women organic farmers and gardeners in Sooke, BC.

With spring on the way, thoughts turn to the outdoors and our place in it.  How we shape our environment says a lot about us.  Sustainable and organic practices are growing increasingly important all over the world and it’s no different for Sooke, British Columbia.  On March 6, there is a unique opportunity to learn about the past and present of sustainable, organic farming and gardening on south Vancouver Island.

The Awareness Film Festival will hold its Annual Farming and Gardening Gala, featuring film and discussion of women farmers and gardeners of the region at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, British Columbia on March 6, 2013.

If you are coming to Sooke, you will want to take the time to add this evening program to your itinerary.  To enjoy accommodations that will be as memorable as your time in Sooke, we recommend the Sooke lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns.

Feature Film: “Outstanding in Her Field”

The heritage of organic and sustainable farming in the Greater Sooke area and beyond will be highlighted with a screening of “Outstanding in Her Field,” a 1995 Media Network Society documentary that explores the unique history and legacy of women in sustainable agriculture, including Sooke’s own ALM Organic Farm cofounder Mary Alice Johnson.  In this film women share their stories about and love for organic farming, including the challenges of access to land, seeking support, the physical demands, cooperative marketing, and the never-ending search for creative solutions.

You may preview this film below.

The present state of women organic farmers and gardeners in the Sooke area will then be explored in film clips from 2013.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion among local farmers about the challenges women face in organic farming.

Before and after the screening, there will be booths in the foyer offering information on organic farming and gardening and selling a wide variety of locally made products and produce.  Gift baskets will be given away.

Choose Sooke, BC Lodging That Offers a Stay as Unique as the Organic Farms of the Area

Sooke, BC B&B inns breakfast

A delightful breakfast from our member Sooke, BC B&B inns will start your day right.

Our Sooke Bed and Breakfast inns offer personalized lodging for your family vacation to help you get the most out of your evening at the Awareness Film Night event as well as all the other activities and attractions of the Sooke and South Vancouver Island region of British Columbia.

Enjoy a variety of breakfast options for your family, comfortable guest rooms, and the tailored service and regional knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across the Sooke area.

What’s Your Awareness Film Night Expectation or Experience?

Awareness Film Night is celebrating its ninth year and is widely recognized as a vital alternative news source for Sooke, British Columbia, south Vancouver Island and beyond.

Please share your plans for and memories of past Awareness Film Night presentations.

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One Response to “Sooke, BC Farming & Gardening by Women Is the Focus of Awareness Film Night in March”

  1. Jeff Bateman says:

    Thanks for this great pitch for our Awareness Film Night here in Sooke. I’m helping promote the Sooke Farm Tour on Sunday, August 18, and perhaps that too would make a good item for your blog. Details attached!

    Sooke Farm Tour set for Sunday, August 18
    Meet regional growers on their home turf while visiting a colourful mix of new and historic farms on the west shore from Metchosin to Otter Point

    A collection of remarkable local farmgates will again swing open to the public on Sunday, August 18 as the Sooke Region Food CHI Society presents its third Farm Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

    The ticketed, self-guided tour features ten bountiful working farms in serene, picturesque west shore settings. Participants will meet some of the Sooke region’s busiest and friendliest farmers, walk their acreages, visit with farmyard critters, and learn from the experts about food gardening and sustainable production systems.

    Everyone is invited to bring a stack of shopping bags to carry home a bounty of fruit, veggies and diverse local products available for purchase at what will be the height of the local growing season. The very same fresh food from our participating farms is served at a range of fine regional restaurants – the Sooke Harbour House, L’Ecole Brasserie, Vista 18, the Canoe Club, Point No Point, Markus’ Wharfside and Zambri’s included.

    “It’s a great day out for anyone interested in the farming workstyle and life behind the scenes,” says organizer Keeley Nixon, one of Sooke Region Food CHI’s volunteer directors and a farmer herself at Otter Point’s ALM Farm. “Our hosts will be greeting visitors and showcasing the everyday tasks like cultivating, composting, transplanting and harvesting that it takes to produce food locally”.

    The Farm Tour ($12 per adult; free for kids 12 and under) highlights working farms featured in the latest edition of Food CHI’s annual Food & Farm Guide. The event is a fundraiser for a variety of Food CHI community initiatives, which include the Sunriver Community Garden and the Sooke Farmer2Farmer Network.

    Tour stops in 2013 stretch east from Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm in Metchosin as far west as Silver Cloud Farm on the border between Shirley and Otter Point. Along the way drivers and cyclists are invited to detour to eight other area farmgates: Eagle Paws Organics, Ragley Farm, Mrs. Lewers Farmhouse, T’Sou-ke Nation Ladybug Garden, ALM Organic Farm/Full Circle Seeds, Barefoot Farm, Oreveas Creek Organics and Tugwell Creek Farm & Meadery.

    Tickets will be available starting in early July at various locations in Sooke and on the south island, including the Sooke Country Market and Victoria’s Moss Street Market (both on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

    Please visit for further details and event updates, or email