Almost a third of respondents spend anywhere between a quarter and a half of their household income on food, according to a survey by the District of Saanich.
By Wolf Depner
Nov 9, 2016
Mary Wolfe, who gardens at Capital City Allotment, says food security is a big issue for her, noting that she grows anywhere between 70 and 80 per cent of the vegetables that she consumes annually.
This figure, she says, makes up a “significant” share of her total annual food consumption. “If I don’t grow it, mostly, I don’t eat it.”
Joanne Thomson, who also farms a plot in the Capital City Allotment Garden, says individuals can make a “good start” towards improving food security by growing and canning their own food, adding that it is “fairly easy” for individuals to start growing their own food.
“It is a lot of work, and people say, why are doing it?” she says. “But it is also an absolute pleasure.”