*DATE CHANGE- May 22rd – Victoria May  23rd – Vancouver
Our Dream

To promote a culture of resilient localized food systems in the gulf islands of British Columbia through music, feasts and storytelling that creates ripples across the world

  • The average age of BC farmers is 57 years.
  • Fifty years ago, Vancouver Island farmers produced 85% of the Island’s food.                                                                                  Today, Island producers provide only 10% of the food consumed
  • Low incomes and access to land create barriers for new farmers.

Since 2013, a crew of musicians, farmers, filmmakers, writers and photographers have set off on the Sea to Seed Tour, a sailing voyage through the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea in British Columbia.

We are on a expedition to:

  • Collect and share the stories of the farming communities sown along the coast
  • Explore the importance of localizing food systems, ethical farming, seed saving and community building
  • Engage the role that art and culture play in supporting and celebrating these ways
  • Create active, educational and celebratory sharing opportunities that foster and build relationships
  • Make the stories we capture accessible and the inspiration, education, and influence scalable to a global audience.

“An Island where we feed each other abundantly because farming is a viable  and valued foundation of our sustainable community.” Vision Statement , Denman Island Agriculture Plan Steering Committee

We believe in spreading these seeds of change. We do this by:

  • Hosting workdays, music concerts and farm-to-table feasts as a means of creating connections within and between the communities on the islands we visit and a growing network of allies
  • Capturing and producing multimedia content of the local stories and grassroots efforts including: Photography, Videography, Written Articles, and Illustrations.
  • Turning the content produced into digital media shared through social media and our online website, overgrowthesystem.org

Local Farm Feasts

The Sharing of food has always been apart of the human story. Holding Farm to table feasts is the cornerstone of the Sea to Seed tour. Food, language and music carry the beating heart of culture, they hold the possibility of remembering, of realigning ourselves with the simple values of caring for ourselves, each other and the great wild world. We hope to inspire a collective story telling rooted in the fertile soil of regenerative celebration and cultivating a real way of living with integrity. 

Rising Appalachia: Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously.  It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion. www.risingappalachia.com


Dustin Thomas:“…a powerful singer songwriter in the midst of a massive empowerment movement.” – Huffington Post

“His uniqueness defies labels. If you need comparisons, he’s a conduit for something spiritual and real, the way that the great Bob Marley was (and still is) or the way real issues were sung by, say, Tracy Chapman, whose stirring voice, by the way, seems to be echoing in Dustin” – Big Island Weekly

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love: wild hearted globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves worldwide with his infectious and captivating blend of beat-box/Soul Folk. Armed with a voice, a guitar and universal anthems of faith, love, and war; this young artist continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of music, joy, and peace. www.lovedustinthomas.com


PEIA: As an archival songstress, Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe. She carries melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence. Praised for her crystalline tone and high soaring soprano voice, Peia’s music pierces the heart with bell-like clarity. Accompanying herself with charango, harmonium and guitar, her eclectic ensemble offers enchanting renditions of timeless musical gems. www.peiasong.com



The Tailor: The Tailor dreams a future rhythm and he walks a future blues, made up of a tender slices of music from all over this crazy world. He travels with a broken beatbox and a banjo and he is not afraid to use it. His legendary Live performances have been delighting, confounding and seducing audiences  for more years than  he would care to admit. Highlights include residency at Shambhalah Living Room Stage for the last ten years, an opening slot for a Beats Antique tour, and playing the Fusion festival in Berlin. www.thetailor.info

Dates (linked to Facebook event pages)

9th – Mayne Island
12th –  Saltspring Isl
13th – Galiano
14th – Gabriola *DATE CHANGE*
18th – Denman
19th – Lund
20th – Sunshine coast
22rd – Victoria
23rd – Vancouver



  1. Connie Kuramoto
    April 6, 2017 at 5:57 am — Reply

    Would love to be part of this. How do I find out more?

    • Sydney Woodward
      April 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm — Reply

      Best thing at this point is just to come to one or more of the events!

  2. Angel
    April 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    Boo hoo, I didn’t see Cortez Island on the tour. Rick, you guys can park at our dock!!

  3. Kim Christie
    April 7, 2017 at 2:06 am — Reply

    how to buy a ticket for the music performances?

    • Sydney Woodward
      April 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm — Reply

      Tickets will be going on sale next week.

  4. Jolene
    April 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    Where do I buy my ticket for the Victoria concert?

  5. Jolene
    April 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the ticket link!

    Are there any other workdays or farm feasts happening that day in or around Victoria? I’d love to get more involved!

    • Sydney Woodward
      April 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm — Reply

      No work day or feast for Victoria, just on Salt Spring.

  6. April 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    Hello again I am interested in sponsoring some singing right here in Arizona either working with a chef on the Apache white River reservation who has just begun a sustainable back to past restaurant working with tribal members in recovery from alcohol and trauma.to help change behavior from the inside thru the seed of our ancestors and the foods that they ate for good health and balance.or thru ed Mendoza who has been teaching sustainable gardening to children for over 30 years on the animal Oldham reservation.please let me know if you have interest…Ramona Gutierrez 480-966_8714 or rxguti49@gmail.com

  7. Katherine
    April 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm — Reply

    Please come to Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley needs you!

  8. Andrew Wolfman
    April 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    Hi there,

    I’m super stoked about this event(s)! I am wondering when the date is for Gabriola Island or if the 14this the revised date? And also where can I buy tickets?

    Thanks and peace


  9. Lauren
    May 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm — Reply

    Hey there, where can I find more information about the time/venue of these events? I’d like to attend the denman island concert and feast but I need to plan my ferries accordingly!

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