Welcome to 31 Square
31 Square - Saturna Eats is Saturna Island's food network – a community information exchange that hopes to inspire events, projects and promotions about local and regional food, and sustaining the natural environment.
Taking its cue from the 100-Mile Diet www.100milediet.org, in 2007 a group of enthusiastic gardeners, and hunters and gatherers of local fresh foods, established a food network on Saturna Island.
This Southern Gulf island of 31 square kilometres of 300 inhabitants is home to chefs and restaurants, a well established bakery, a vineyard and a community that sponsors several dozen community food events a year. Enthusiasm for eating local foods, eating well and in good company spurred the creation of 31 Square - Saturna Eats.
31 Square - Grow Native encourages the appreciation of Saturna's natural areas through projects to remove invasive plants, restore native habitat and engage island residents and visitors in related activities.
In 2010, 31 Square showed its even greener side with the launch of its Grow Native project. Working with Parks Canada, Saturna volunteers cleared a well used park area at Winter Cove of invasive plants, aiming to restore the place to a Douglas fir habitat. Now the challenge is to keep the broom in check!
The food network exists to share food-gardening experiences and resources, preserve extra bounty, support communal eating events and regional producers. An evolving project list includes organizing summer and winter garden tours, organizing presentations, surveying island fruit and produce growers. The network supports the Slow Food movement’s philosophy of valuing and sustaining community through commitment to local and heritage products, and of conviviality through sharing food at table.