* Gulf Islands FOOD CO-OP – Summary & Services

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

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).  The main goal is to help increase food production capacity, and to encourage community members to buy local food.

AUGUST, 2020:  See HERE for 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 (other islanders welcome, register asap)
https://gulfislandsfoodco-op.org/venison-workshop/ (taught by Penelakut Elders on traditional Coast Salish territories; Co-op a supporting partner with Galiano Conservancy & Galiano Food Program)

* September 19? (TBC) Saturna “LET NO APPLE BE WASTED!”  Food Preservation event for a bumper crop
https://gulfislandsfoodco-op.org/apple-workshops/  (Co-op partnering with Saturna Community Resource Centre)

* September 20? (TBC) Pender SIMPLE VEGETABLE FERMENTATION WORKSHOP plus 4 Saturdays in October – Pender SQUASHFEST CELEBRATION at the Saturday Market

see future announcements on Co-op Education page at https://gulfislandsfoodco-op.org/education-references/

* Mayne socially distanced Food PRESERVATION WORKSHOP ? – email info@gulfislandsfoodco-op.org with any ideas for this, and if you’d like to be paid to organize it.

Note: some workshop events also being video-recorded for sharing online

* 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 Galiana Food Program)

See also our GULF ISLANDS FOOD REGISTRY, now with 66 amazing commercial food producers from our islands, plus 12 island food groups that are also key to local food sustainability and security.

To support the above, you can easily MAKE A DONATION, and/or BECOME A CO-OP MEMBER ONLINE, for food producers of any type, or 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: Nancy Klein, Gulf Islands Food Co-op Coordinator (info@gulfislandsfoodco-op.org)

 

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