Windsor sets sights on agriculture

Local resident and small farm owner, Ryan Windsor, is making a bid for council in Central Saanich in the upcoming municipal election Nov. 19.

Local resident and small farm owner, Ryan Windsor, is making a bid for council in Central Saanich in the upcoming municipal election Nov. 19.

“It has become clear that while much development has occurred in the last three years in contrast perhaps to prior councils, the scope and style is not resonating with many in the community,” said Windsor.

“While council has followed the necessary public processes for development, it is not clear that the concerns of residents are being heard,” said Windsor. “Many are now questioning where the money to support some municipal projects is going to come from.”

Though Windsor is a recent transplant to Central Saanich, he has been involved in several community projects, as a rotarian, a volunteer with the local streamkeepers organization along with other groups.

His desire to support local agriculture has lead his family to include their small farm in a project that brings local area students onto the land to teach them about growing food.

He sees a role for the municipality in furthering such projects as a means of supporting local farmers and encouraging food security.

If elected he said he is committed to working with the mayor and other members of council on proactively engaging the public in the future plans of the municipality.

“I’ve heard many good ideas, including sharing resources with other municipalities, both in the community and in online discussions, we simply need a council who are prepared to engage and listen,” said Windsor.

Contact him by email at greenryan@me.com or find him on facebook at facebook.com/ryan4council or www.voteRyan.ca.