Strengthening food security
For centuries—well before global pandemics reinforced the value of self-sufficiency—local families found sustenance on the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon.
Indigenous communities harvested food and medicine from the land and sea long before James Dunsmuir established a working farm, complete with piggery, pear trees and a large kitchen garden, to serve Hatley Castle in the early 1900s.
With donor support, Dunsmuir’s original four-acre Walled Garden will be transformed into a thriving food production garden that once again feeds the community.
From advancing organic soil science to exploring Indigenous harvest rituals, the revitalized garden has limitless potential to serve as a living lab for diverse communities from across our region.