June 13 – Growing Opportunities

18 06 2011

A few weeks ago I caught up with Craig Evans from the Growing Opportunities Farm Co-op in the Cowichan Valley. Growing Opportunities is a Non-Profit agricultural co-operative situated on farmland just out of the city of Duncan. The co-op provides opportunities for people to learn farming skills, share knowledge, and grow wonderfully fresh produce. The produce is sold at various markets and the profits all go back to the co-op.

In the middle of large rows of kale plants, with worker bees from some nearby beehives flying  around us, we discussed the importance of co-operative forms of agricultural production and issues of food security. Because Vancouver Island is reliant on shipped in produce (that has to get ferried across the Salish Sea), and as oil prices continue to rise, people are becoming more concerned about food security.

Craig is a founding member of the Nanaimo Community Gardens, and a founding member of Growing Opportunities. Tune in Monday at 1:00 to hear some of Craig’s insights!

For more info on the co-op check this out:





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