GULF ISLANDS Co-op Proposal

for Food Producers and Thriving Island Sustainability!     (print version)

1. INVITATION:  Dear Pender, Galiano, Mayne and Saturna food producers, other producers, and island folkswith special honour to the Coast Salish Indigenous people of the Southern Gulf Islands


2. FUNDING TO PLAN A CO-OP:  The non-profit Heartwood Folk School has a Community Works grant, to help interested producers and supporters plan a potential Gulf Islands co-op!  This co-op could prioritize:

(A)  the Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) Electoral Area, and beneficial co-operation with others;

(B)  primary support for food producers, as in the new SGI Food & Agriculture Strategy (see also its Growing Islands website, for grower mapping and reports on the future of agriculture in the Southern Gulf Islands);

(C)  supporting other producers (e.g. art, events) and island sustainability, as in the SGI 2020 Plan.


3. PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSIONS:  exploring how a CO-OP could meet food producer and other needs…

(A)  Pender:  October 14 – see CO-OP Proposal presentation, VANCITY expert, & discussion NOTES

(B)  Galiano:  October 29 – same CO-OP presentation, plus expert Marty Frost, & discussion NOTES

(C)  Mayne and Saturna: After a November “Co-op Boot Camp” training, and a December break, we’ll offer meetings on your islands next!  For now, all islanders are invited to…


REGISTER to hear more about this GULF ISLANDS Co-op Proposal, and also be in the


4.  SUPPORTIVE CO-OP ACTIONS:  For Food Producers, this could include increased access to agricultural land, equipment or storage; soil building initiatives; knowledge sharing/education; advocacy on behalf of food producers; joint marketing; and online multi-vendor ecommerce (e.g. Ottawa Valley Co-op or Cowichan Valley Cow-op).  Other island producers have similar needs that a co-op might serve, starting with the above Gulf Islands Registry and Calendar for all SGI producers.


5.  CONTACT:  Project Coordinator Zorah Staar ( or 250-891-2424).  We invite you to REGISTER at to hear more about this Co-op Proposal.  You can also contact us at any time, with questions or ideas about how a Co-op could best help you!



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