About This Market

The Gabriola Agricultural Co-op is a community-focused initiative situated on Gabriola Island, dedicated to supporting and celebrating local agriculture and craftsmanship. Following the principles outlined in the Gabriola Food Charter of 2010, the Co-op is committed to ensuring access to wholesome, locally-sourced food – considering it a basic human right. Their efforts are grounded in environmental sustainability, education, accessibility, and cultural significance.

The co-op supports environmentally responsible growing practices to protect the natural elements of Gabriola Island, including its earth, water, and air. They emphasize the importance of local food systems in reducing ecological footprints through minimized use of fossil fuels and decreased packaging waste.

Education is a key component, with the co-op advocating for awareness and knowledge about nutrition, growing practices, and food preservation techniques, among other topics. This approach is geared towards preserving the community’s resources and ensuring a continuous supply of safe, affordable, and nutritious local food.

Celebration and cultural appreciation are integral to their mission, as the co-op values the role of food in bringing the community together for shared experiences and traditions. This is reflected in the various events they organize, such as the Growers and Makers Market, and the festive Christmas Market, held at the Agi Hall on South Road in Gabriola, BC, which is also available for rental.

The Gabriola Agricultural Co-op actively contributes to the island’s economy by promoting and assisting the local producers and artisans through their online market and farmstands. The community can stay informed through the co-op’s blog posts that explore topics such as food sustainability and local food production. True to its communal spirit, the co-op runs on engagement across popular social media platforms and extends invitations to events through their newsletter subscriptions.

Overall, the Gabriola Agricultural Co-op represents a cohesive effort to create a sustainable, educated, and culturally rich food ecosystem on Gabriola Island, underpinned by community participation and support for local growers and makers.

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Upcoming Dates:

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