* Gulf Islands FOOD CO-OP – Summary & Services

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

(pdf version of this Summary)

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)

* early spring, 2021:  Mayne workshop (potentially on protecting scarce INDIGENOUS TRADITIONAL FOODS & MEDICINES growing on the Southern Gulf Islands, and using traditional food preservation methods for more abundant foods (email rk@gulfislandsfoodco-op.org if you’re interested in attending or assisting)

* 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)

To support 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