for Food Producers and Thriving Island Sustainability! (print version)
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…
(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…
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 (email@example.com or 250-891-2424). We invite you to REGISTER at http://heartwoodfolkschool.ca/register 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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