Live at the edge of Southlands Farm and you’ll live connected to food as it is freshly pulled from the soil or plucked from the trees each season. But more than that, you will live connected to a tradition that urban life has all but lost. When you live so close to your food, you’ll be inspired to cook, make healthier choices for your family, and try new ingredients. Moreover, your surrounding greenspace will never be developed. Your views will be fields and orchards forever.
If we could create a place where farming and food could energize a neighbourhood then, in a modern sense, we could re-establish something we lost. That is the promise of Southlands— that we try to make those connections and re-establish the culture of agriculture in a new sense of place.
Sean Hodgins, President, Century Group
Southlands Grange Centre for Farming and Food (SGCFF) is a hub of sustainable agriculture and an engine for farming—not just at Southlands but throughout the region. It will manage programs such as educational workshops for the public, new farmer training, and incubators for emerging farm and food businesses.
The SGCFF nurtures relationships between farmers, artisans, and consumers. People from throughout the Lower Mainland will learn about food and farming through a calendar of events at Southlands. We’ll host long-table dinners, schedule cooking classes, and offer farm tours. The Centre operates out of The Grange, a prominent position in Market Square, where shoppers and restaurant patrons mix and mingle with resident farmers.
The heart—and arguably the soul—of this community is a working, productive farm. We couldn’t create that authentic connection to agriculture without our many farm partners. We are grateful for their contributions to the culture of Southlands life: