Despite Vancouver Island’s rich history of food production - from both agriculture and fisheries - the modern system is almost completely reliant on importing food from other regions. Many places now face severe food production challenges from climate change and dramatic declines in fish stocks from unsustainable fisheries. As people become more aware of the issues associated with the current global food production and distribution model we want to be able to provide a sustainable product that addresses these issues.
At Blue Roots Farm we look at our aquaponics system and think that it is one of the best solutions we personally can come up with that addresses these big global issues. Our controlled environment agriculture system lets us produce food year round, outside of the effects of climate change. And because we also grow fish, we are able to provide sustainably grown fish to our local market which relieves pressure on wild stocks.
At Blue Roots Farm we are on a mission to help create a strong and independent food system for our region. We contribute to this mission by growing a year-round supply of safe and healthy food. We are doing all of this because we can see a future where conventional agriculture is risky business because of climate change, and because we know that fish stocks the world over are facing extreme pressure from over fishing. We think that people should have the choice to eat food that is grown in a truly sustainable way. We believe in transparent food systems. And we want to be a shining example of a company that creates positive social change in their community.