The Gulf Islands Food Co-op is a non-profit Co-op that connects the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada (Pender, Mayne, Saturna and Galiano).
Mission: facilitating inter-island cooperation in order to create new resources and practical supports, for our amazing Southern Gulf Islands food producers, valued eaters, and local food sustainability!
This includes welcoming Indigenous Food Gatherers and Creators from these Coast Salish traditional territories, and also following up on key priorities of the Southern Gulf Islands Food & Agriculture Strategy.
How we started: Inter-island community planning began in 2017, and was hosted by the non-profit Heartwood Folk School Society (https://heartwoodfolkschool.org).
Incorporation: Then on September 27, 2018, the Gulf Islands FOOD CO-OP was officially incorporated as a non-profit Community Service Co-op. Here is our Memorandum (what a BC co-op’s constitution is called) and our Rules (bylaws).
Members: a majority will always be commercial or non-commercial Food Producers originating from the Southern Gulf Islands (SGI), but other Supporters are also welcome to seek involvement in our evolution!
President Roz Kempe (Pender), Vice-President Kristine Webber (Mayne), Director-at-Large Erika Preece (Galiano), and Treasurer Zorah Staar. We also have paid Co-op Table Hosts and other Project Coordinators and Liaisons on each island.
Central Co-op Coordinator: Nancy Klein
Telephone: 250-629-0039 (Roz Kempe)
Mailing Address: 4323 Bedwell Harbour Road, Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1, Canada
Co-op Summary & Updates: see here