* Gulf Islands FOOD CO-OP – Summary & Services

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

*see the GIFC’s Fall, 2021 Newsletter!

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 increase island food production, encourage buying of local food, and follow up on key practical recommendations of the Southern Gulf Islands Food & Agriculture Strategy.


THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS!  The inspiring Co-op activities below (socially distanced or online during covid) have only been possible with essential financial support from Vancity Credit Union, the Capital Regional DistrictCommunity Works, and partnerships with the Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centres and others to whom we are so grateful!

2020 HIGHLIGHTS:

* Summer/Fall 2020 CO-OP TABLES to support joint selling at island Saturday Markets;

* Sept 26 & 27 Galiano INDIGENOUS VENISON WORKSHOP (taught by Penelakut Elders, supporting partner with Galiano Conservancy)

* Sept 19 Saturna “LET NO APPLE BE WASTED!” Food Preservation events (partnering with Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centres – see VIDEO)

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

* spring to Oct, 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.


2021 UPDATES
:

* starting Feb, 2021 Seed Saving Education zoom presentation, plus Co-op support for Pender, Mayne and Galiano Seed Library initiatives (plus our Oct 5, 2021 workshop)

* Feb to Oct, 2021: Co-op currently working on a Southern Gulf Islands LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS ASSET MAP & PRIORITIES ROAD MAP (funded by the CRD’s Southern Gulf Islands Community Economic Sustainability Commission).

In addition, in 2021 we are again running our highly successful Co-op Tables for Joint Selling & Info Sharing at island Saturday Markets (Pender, Galiano and Mayne).  We have an October 5 Seed Saving Workshop coming up. We are also cooperating with the Galiano Conservancy on another Indigenous Foods educational project (see our Education page in future).

Great news!  We are so grateful to confirm Vancity Community Partnership funding for a new Healthy Soils & Regenerative Agriculture Project (to support Food Producers practically and with soil carbon sequestration, with help from Kwantlen Polytechnical University). You can see our new FALL, 2021 NEWSLETTER for more details.  Finally, we’ve submitted a grant request to purchase additional Co-op equipment for borrowing (see current equipment available).

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