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2020 ONLINE RURAL FOOD HUB WORKSHOP WITH DARREN STOTT

December 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Free
Food Hub

ONLINE RURAL FOOD HUB WORKSHOP

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, this will be an online event only.

Join Northern Co-Hort and Darren Stott of Greenchain Consulting to learn about Rural Food Hub Development on Monday December 7, 2020 from 10-2:30 pm online or watch via Facebook Live. The goal of this workshop is to gather producers to learn about the rural food hub model, to identify how a food hub could support your farm business and create a collective vision for a Food Hub Network that will support local food production and consumption in the Peace Region. 

To support us through this journey Northern Co-Hort has contracted Greenchain Consulting to conduct a Food Hub Feasibility study to help refine our vision and prepare a Business Plan for a sustainable Food Hub business model for the Peace Region. 

What does the future of food in the Peace Region look like to you?

We appreciated your input through our producer survey conducted by Strategies North in spring/early summer as well as your attendance and feedback provided through the series of Food Hub Information Sessions conducted on producer member farms this summer through our Northern Farmer Connection Series.  As many of you know we are coming to the next stage of our Food Hub development and we want to hear from you. The goal of this workshop is to create a collective vision that will support the development of a number of sustainable farms working together to  strengthen connections to local and northern markets, driving towards food autonomy in the Peace and beyond. 

Let’s explore:

  • How can local storefronts best operate for local producers and consumers?
  • What do our local food producers know about food hubs? Darren will advise on best practices around Food Hub operations.
  • Darren will help us understand what initiatives are working and not working to help form the food hub business model to fit our needs in the Peace.
  • Have your say and inform the Peace Region Food Hub Feasibility Study currently being conducted by Greenchain Consulting to develop a Business Plan for a thriving Food Hub under the NEAT umbrella. 

Background

The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) has been supporting farmers through our Northern Co-Hort program since fall 2018.  As a farmer lead program, it is our goal to see food security achieved in the Peace Region. The Northern Co-Hort has connected a community of farmers interested in diversifying their farm products to support a community of food consumers in the north. The Eco-Tactics Report conducted by the PRRD in 2017 recognized the potential for diversifying agricultural products, identifying a lack of overarching institutional support. More recently, the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture funded a series of food hub feasibility studies, which mainly took place across the lower mainland to support farm businesses and food entrepreneurs. Drawing on our previous work and connected community of farmers and ranchers, the Northern Co-Hort has undertaken steps toward the development of a food hub tailored to the needs of producers in the Peace Region. The outcome of Greenchain’s support will be to finalize the feasibility study and business plan for a viable food hub in the region

Darren Stott Of Greenchain Consulting

Darren Stott has been driving the development of Food Hubs in BC for the past decade. He is a food supply chain expert with over 20 years of experience. His passion lies within the natural foods sector, farmers’ and public markets, farms, local food businesses, as well as ethical and sustainable purchasing. His specialties include business plan writing, business development, strategic planning, analytics, purchasing, category management, marketing, e-commerce and store management.

If you would like to attend please register below. We look forward to seeing you online!

Details

Date:
December 7, 2020
Time:
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

Northern Co-Hort
Phone:
250-785-6328
Email:
co-hort@neat.ca
Website:
www.neat.ca

Venue

Facebook Live