Public Talk/Workshop on Building Local Food Co-ops – March 1 & 2 VIU


As part of an ongoing series to promote co-ops as an effective model of economic development, Cowichan Co-operative Connections is hosting a public lecture, film screening and workshop on food co-ops on March 1-2.

If you are a farmer looking to expand your business, or if you are just looking to get started the local food sector, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

On Friday, March 1, long-time food activist Heather Pritchard will give a talk on the role co-ops can play in expanding the local food sector. Heather is the farm program manager at FarmFolk CityFolk and co-founder/farmer with Glorious Organics Co-op in the Fraser Valley. The Friday event will also include a screening of Food Security: It’s In Your Hands, a documentary film by Nick Versteeg on local farming and food production.

On Saturday, March 2, a workshop on building food co-ops will be held at the Lecture Theatre of Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan Campus from 9am to 12 m. The workshop will explore a wide range of co-op models and will include presentations and question/answer sessions with Heather Pritchard (FarmFolk CityFolk), Carol Murray (BC Co-op Association) and Chris Diplock (BC Co-op Association). These presentations will introduce the basics of the co-op model; discuss how food processing and other value-added co-ops can benefit farmers; outline the advantages of co-op land trusts and community farm co-ops; and touch on examples of successful farmer co-ops.

Admission is by donation.