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Madrona farm seeks wealthy benefactor

Madrona farm seeks wealthy benefactor

Roszan Holmen

News staff

A: dunc took lots of different shots for the June 9 article

Note: organizers are trying to pull together details of a fundraising event by Monday morning to include in this update.

Small cheques are trickling in, but the Friends of Madrona Farm Society are on the hunt for a benefactor to help buy the land before its looming deadline.

The goal is to donate the Saanich farm to The Land Conservancy, to preserve it as organic farmland for all time.

David and Nathalie Chambers have leased the 27-acre lot on Blenkinsop Road from David's family since 1999. The family would like to settle the estate but have offered to sell it to the TLC at the reduced price of $1.4 million.

So far, the fundraising society has raised $80,000. One large donation provided $10,000, while a bulk of the total raised came from people contributing their $100 carbon-credit cheques.

"We're at the bottom of the pyramid right now," said Ramona Scott, manager of TLC agricultural programs. To meet its December deadline of $250,000, TLC must secure a few large donations. "We call it the friend-raiser stage," said Scott.

To find out more about the project, visit www.conservancy.bc.ca and click on, "Help save Madrona farm."

rholmen@saanichnews.com

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