Our island has limited water resources, particularly in the summer, so we islanders need to do our bit to conserve/protect it—and that is not as hard as it may seem. There are lots of ways to conserve water—come out to the fair to find out what you can do.
Every Drop Counts Rainwater Harvesting Tour
Saturday, March 21, Noon – 4 pm
Tour rainwater collection systems from the north end to the south end of the island, small to large, simple to high tech.
Download the map and visit these homes on Saturday March 21 to see how islanders are creating some or all of their own water supply. You may visit any or all of these homes between noon and 4 pm, in any order. Homeowners have agreed to offer guided tours of their systems on the hour and half hour starting at noon. If you arrive between tour times feel free to join a tour in progress or wait for the next tour.
Click here to download the MAP (PDF)
Water Fair at the Farmers Institute – FREE
Sunday, March 22, 10 am – 3 pm
Drop by the Farmers Institute to visit the Community and Retail Booths, take in some Workshops, have a bite to eat and enjoy the Entertainment. There something for everyone in the family.
Community and Retail Booths:
- SSI Water Council
- SSI Watershed Protection Authority
- SSI Water Preservation Society
- Cusheon Lake Stewardship
- SSI Conservancy
- Georgia Strait Alliance
- SSI Transition
- Windsor Plywood
- Slegg Lumber
- Capital Regional District
- Saltspring Water Co.
- Ganges Harbour Restoration
- North Salt Spring Water District
- Swale construction and permaculture
- Coast Alive Recreational and Ecological Services
10:30 am: Sweet water: Promoting ecosystem vitality and resilience in a changing world. Introduction to the marvelous world of the water molecule and the role of water in world climate; brief explanation of expected shifts in water availability in the Southern Gulf Islands as a result of climate change; plus, controlling invasive plants, promoting native plants, and planting to reduce wildfire risk. Presented by: Chris Drake.
11:00 am: Designing Irrigation Systems for SSI Homes & Gardens. Design for efficiency; water budget and scheduling; water saving Solutions/Retro-fitting inefficient systems. Presented by: Matt Nowell.
11:30 am: How to Grow More Food Using Less Water. Mulching; just the right amount of water in the veggie garden and orchard; optimizing irrigation; food plants on a low water budget. Presented by: Linda Gilkeson.
1:00 pm: Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC: What We Do. The Partnership aims to achieve water sustainability in BC through recognition of individual water values, water choices, and water behaviours, and by inspiring and supporting groups to work towards a future without water shortages. Presented by: Tim Pringle.
1:30 pm: The Art of Swale Construction & Practice of Permaculture. Video overview of project spreading the practice of permaculture in East Africa; outdoor demonstration of swale construction- a permaculture technique for increasing garden and farm productivity. Presented by: Michael Nickels.
10 am – 3 pm: Throughout the day
- Water Poetry Wall and KidColour Table with water-themed activity book pages, designed by local Children’s Book Illustrator, Aidan Cassie for the “Salt Spring Island Activity Book” (Little Red Schoolhouse publication), reprinted with permission. www.aidancassie.com
- There will be Water Play and Discovery elements for families as well. Still to be determined.
- Water Face Painting station.
10:30 am: Elizabeth Buchanan (aka Joan Buchanan)
11:15 am and 1:30 pm: Ta Daa Lady at the Water Fair KidZone presents…. Interactive Storytelling inside a Salmon with the Nylon Zoo -Water Dancing in costume Dress Up KidZParade!!
12:30 pm: Dance and Singalong with Ta Daa & Stumpy the Puppet!
is a B.C. based artist who regularly graces stages and schools, fairs and festivals throughout the Lower Mainland. She is also an International stage performer, owner and operator of the Nylon Zoo, a storyteller, dancer and puppeteer with West Coast Chamber Music, a member of Historical Performance Ensemble (historical dance, music, costume and Commedia dell’Arte) and teaches through Learning Trough the Arts and Arts Starts in the Classroom. www.angelabrown.ca
Main Stage Lineup:
12 noon: EcoDiva (Nomi Lyonns): Welcome to the Event and EcoDiva Water Performance!
12:30 pm: Ta Daa Lady: Singalong with Stumpy the Puppet!
2:00 pm: Kim Tebbutt: Water Blessing inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto. Kim is called to leadership for healing and connecting through ceremony. Kim organizes monthly Water Ceremonies all over Salt Spring Island in beautiful watery locations on the 11th of each month at noon.
2:15 pm: Naomi Jason and Friends: Water Dance
EcoDiva (Nomi Lyonns):
Growing up on Saltspring, Nomi connects strongly to all things eco. She volunteers for Cusheon Lake Stewardship, Transition Salt Spring and Climate Action Council. As a performer, she uses her skills to playfully highlight big scarey issues of our times, as a yoga instructor she offers tools to help deal with them. www.nomilyonns.com
Water Blessing by Kim Tebbutt:
Storytelling with Elizabeth Buchanan:
Elizabeth is the author of four children’s books and has been storytelling for 27 years. She is passionate about the environment, and has been an activist since age 13. Water is central to her life: she practices permaculture and has a water recycling system for her home and gardens. In Education, Elizabeth has offered teaching and professional development from preschool level to post-graduate level, and teacher in-service learning. Her vitae includes poetry and short stories for news periodicals.
Naomi & friends:
Naomi Jason is passionately dedicated to cultivating healthy embodiment and regenerative living practices for all ages through dance, qigong, yoga, permaculture and community building. She is a performance artist, founder of Dance Temple, visionary for Imaginelle and inspires acceptance, grace and inclusivity in all she does. www.naomijason.com
Naomi performs “The Last River: a song for the children,” by local composer and pianist Suzanne Gay (see her on Facebook). This music was inspired by a dream about the Last River On Earth, and musically describes the water cycle, with the main body of the piece describing the river. Also joining Naomi and Suzanne in this incredible performance are Lesley Smith, and Ananda Sinclair. Lesley Smith is a dancer, choreographer and yogi who brings authenticity and reverence to her craft. She considers creation and performance an instrument of universal prayer. Ananda is a extraordinary vocalist, and instrumentalist who taps into the energy of a live audience and provides incredible presence with his fluid melodies.
The piece is co-choreographed by Naomi and Lesley. Music composed by Suzy and accompanied by Ananda Sinclair.
Lunch, coffee, water, and local bites by Hips and Haws, Ethos and Salt Spring Water Co.
Find Ethos on Facebook.
This event is a collaboration between:
and we acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia:
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made this happen!
If you would like to volunteer an hour or two to help out with the event, please contact Maxine at firstname.lastname@example.org