Foodlands AGM, brought to you by Zoom.

On April 29th, 2020, through the magic of internet technology, members of the Foodlands Cooperative of BC came together from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Interior to remember the past year, say goodbye to outgoing Board members and welcome new ones.

From my comfortable oversized armchair, I, like many others (isolated and working from home), are zooming all over the country. When it came time for Foodlands to hold it’s AGM, it was only natural and appropriate we gather together for a virtual meeting.

The highlight of 2019 was securing funding for our “Legal Literacy Project” from the Law Foundation and Investment Agriculture. The project will work to determine the options, associated steps, and costs of transferring land into trust and to create a series of resource guides translated into simple language to be distributed to landowners and the general public. Joining the project team is lawyer Ian Moore and consultant Natasha van Bentum. Leading the team is Foodlands staff person Keeley Nixon.

The project will continue throughout 2020 when (crossing fingers) we will be granted charitable status. By the end of 2020 we are hoping to have Lohbrunner Farm in Langford and Ceres Circle Farm in Kelowna transferred to Foodlands Cooperative and to have local Community Service Cooperatives set up to manage them for the benefit of their local communities.

We said farewell and thanks to Board members Allison Felkner (Vancity Community Foundation) and Heather O’Hara (BC Association of Farmers Markets) who have worked with us for two years to incorporate the cooperative, apply for charitable status, set up working groups, engage in strategic planning, and secure funding. A sincere thank you for your service.

We welcome new Board members Michelle Tsutumi and Craig Evans. Michelle comes to us through COABC (Certified Organic Association of BC), a founding member of Foodlands. Craig is a founding member of Growing Opportunities Cooperative. Welcome to the team.

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