Dear Southern Gulf Islands Food Producers and Food Groups,
We’ve now had lively meetings on Pender, Galiano, Mayne and Saturna about a potential co-op, with more to come (in March, 2018). You can see the Gulf Islands FOOD CO-OP proposal for details.
BIG QUESTION: What do you need most as a food producer, that a CO-OP could potentially help with? Whether or not you’ve been able to attend a meeting yet, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
Here are the main ISLAND FOOD PRODUCER NEEDS expressed so far, for which a Co-op could SEEK FUNDING to support you:
(A) Co-op stands at Saturday Markets, and other joint selling support;
(B) soil analysis/soil building initiatives;
(C) bulk purchasing of inputs at lower costs;
(D) coordinating access to growing land, trucks, equipment;
(E) wildlife coexistence and plant harvesting;
(F) online Co-op ecommerce for easier selling of your wonderful food, locally and beyond (e.g. Cow-op);
(G) knowledge sharing/education; and
(H) advocacy for food producers.
What do you need most as an island food producer? Feel free to comment below, or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org!