Dear Southern Gulf Islands Food Producers and Food Groups,
We’ve had our initial Pender and Galiano meetings about potentially creating a new co-op! Saturna and Mayne – you’re up next in February, 2018. You can see the GULF ISLANDS Co-op Proposal for more.
BIG QUESTION: What do you need as a food producer, that a CO-OP could potentially help with? Whether or not you’ve been able to attend a meeting yet, we’d love to see your thoughts here!
Some needs expressed so far include: major support needed re: soil building (funding for this being explored right now); greater access to agricultural land, equipment, and storage; knowledge sharing; other support to increase growing capacity (to meet island demand); advocacy on behalf of farmers; and co-operative marketing and selling, to make it easier for food producers to sell their food at a fair price.
What do you need most as an island food producer? See HERE for how you can easily register and log in, and then share your thoughts!