* Gulf Islands FOOD CO-OP – Summary & Services

serving Producers, Eaters, and Local Food Sustainability!   (in the Southern Gulf Islands, BC, Canada)

2021 GIFC brochure summary (see details below)

The GULF ISLANDS FOOD CO-OP (GIFC) is a non-profit co-op, focused on supporting the food producers, food groups, eaters, and local food resilience of the islands of Pender, Mayne, Galiano, and Saturna.  This is within the beautiful Coast Salish W̱SÁNEĆ traditional territories where we are grateful to be.

We offer free or low-cost services to island food producers of all types and sizes (e.g. commercial and non-commercial, gardeners, livestock producers, non-Indigenous and Indigenous, fishers, value-added sellers and more).  We currently have 77 voting Members from all four Southern Gulf Islands (including 61 Producers), 600+ island contacts who support food security, and a Gulf Islands Food Registry of 66 SGI Commercial Food Producers and 12 SGI Food Groups.

The CO-OP’s MAIN GOALS are to help maintain and increase island food production and capacity, to encourage more buying of local food, and to follow through on key practical recommendations of the Southern Gulf Islands Food & Agriculture Strategy.

OCTOBER, 2020:  See https://gulfislandsfoodco-op.org/may-17-agm-past-year-projects/ for some of our previous projects over the past year, thanks to Vancity, the CRD, plus Community Works funds.  Now we continue to be SO amazed…  by how island producers, people, and groups keep coming together, to meet each new COVID and other challenge with resilience!

We are also very grateful for renewed Vancity Envirofund and CRD funding, which we are using to support these new or renewed socially distanced CO-OP PROGRAMS to support island food security:

* CO-OP TABLES for joint selling at Saturday Markets: see more at…
https://gulfislandsfoodco-op.org/co-op-tables-for-joint-selling/

* Sept 26 & 27 Galiano INDIGENOUS VENISON WORKSHOP (taught by Penelakut Elders on traditional Coast Salish territories; Co-op a supporting partner with Galiano Conservancy & Galiano Food Program)

* September 19 Saturna “LET NO APPLE BE WASTED!” Food Preservation event for a bumper crop (Co-op partnering with Saturna Community Resource Centre – see VIDEO)

* September 20 Pender VEGETABLE FERMENTATION WORKSHOP(an ancient and energy saving food preservation technique – see VIDEO)

* spring to October, 2020  Pender SQUASHFEST EDUCATIONAL PROJECT (including seed distribution, and then displays, sales & education at the Saturday Market – see VIDEO)

* fall, 2020 and ongoing:  CO-OP EQUIPMENT BORROWING PROGRAM  Food Dehydrators and Pressure Canners on Pender, Mayne and Saturna.  Sign-up system: https://gulfislandsfoodco-op.org/equipment-borrowing/  (Galiano – contact Galiano Food Program)

* early, 2021:  a Southern Gulf Islands LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS ASSET MAP is currently underway.  The Co-op is offering a February 27, 2021 SEED SAVING EDUCATION zoom presentation, and supporting Pender, Mayne and Galiano SEED LIBRARY initiativesIn addition, we are planning the return of our highly successful CO-OP TABLES FOR JOINT SELLING at island Saturday Markets.  More announcements will be made as we are notified of funding decisions soon :-)

 

To support Co-op activities like the above, you can easily MAKE A DONATION, and/or BECOME A CO-OP MEMBER ONLINE, primarily for food producers of any type, plus keen Co-op supporters. Then you can have input into FUTURE LOCAL FOOD RESILIENCE PROJECTS that we’re developing.

Our islands are stronger together… when we remember the old ways of cooperating, and create new ones too!

CONTACT: Roz Kempe, Gulf Islands Food Co-op President (rk@gulfislandsfoodco-op.org)

 

Logo design: Mae Moore