Member Organizations



Abundance Farm

Abundance Farm

An exciting experiment in community agriculture that bridges the farm and the city, offering creative solutions to food security and social well-being. Abundance Community Farm is located on the unceded territory of the Sts’ailes First Nations, close to the town now known as Agassiz, BC, 1.5 hours east of Vancouver. 

The farm has 6 permanent residents, and a network of urban Community Agriculture members farm-share to grow food, connect to nature and build community. 100 city dwellers use a scalable Community Agriculture model, that combines farm and city living to create a sustainable future.

“Abundance Community Farm was born out of a need for our community to have land for growing food and creating intentional gatherings. We are part of a community that emerged from the transformational dance scene in Vancouver. There is no formal structure; however, we are bonded by core values, such as artistic expression, co-creation, and environmental stewardship.”

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFair)

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFair)

CRFAIR is the backbone organization of the Good Food Network. The Good Food Network is made up of Good Food champions from across the region. From this network other networks and initiatives emerge, such as the Youth Food Network and the Food Share Network. CRFAIR often incubates new coalitions through gathering actors together who are working towards shared goals. An example of this is the Island Pollinator Initiative. CRFAIR is also part of the Island Food Hubs, a collective of organizations from across the Island Region.

“We envision a region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of all residents. We work to mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region.”

Certified Organic Association of BC (COABC)

Certified Organic Association of BC (COABC)

COABC works with organic farmers and producers across the province to ensure communities have access to fresh, healthy food. COABC develops resources on preparing, growing, marketing, and sourcing organic food.

“We’ve always been inspired by the resilience of BC’s organic sector and the strength of our community. Many farmers are implementing online ordering systems, home deliveries and other creative methods of making their food more accessible during these uncertain times. We know that together we will come out stronger than ever.”

Deer Crossing the Art Farm

Deer Crossing the Art Farm

The Art Farm is a non-profit organization based out of the Sunshine Coast, BC, on the traditional territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and shíshálh Nations. The Farm organizes a variety of community-engaged art projects, installations, and events which aim to respect the environment, share the voices of the underrepresented, and strengthen their community through creative collaboration.

The Smart Farm Project explores whether increased density on such lots using low footprint cluster designs could catalyze small farms and provide affordable housing for the younger generation of farmers we so desperately need.

“We have only begun to explore the potential for Smart Farms to play a pivotal role in attracting young farmers and catalyzing new farms across BC and Canada. Smart Farms have the potential to increase food security and make small-scale farming more economically viable.”

FarmFolk CityFolk Society

FarmFolk CityFolk Society

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit society connecting, empowering, and inspiring people to strengthen BC’s sustainable food systems. FFCF develops, operates, and acts as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. Since 1993, FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with business, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.

“Something happens to people who plant seeds — it is impossible to watch a plant grow and flourish without getting a sense of the miracle of all life.”

-Herb Barbolet, Co-founder of FarmFolk CityFolk

Fraser Common Farm Cooperative

Fraser Common Farm Cooperative

Fraser Common Farm is a community farm that has been cooperatively owned and managed for nearly 40 years. Through a unique balance of food production, habitat conservation, communal & individual housing, and a sincere desire for long term sustainability – this is a social and community experiment, a work in progress, and a dream come true.

Fraser Common Farm Cooperative’s interests are broad. Members are not all farmers – they are woodworkers, artisans, beer-maker, and blacksmiths. They are community advocates and internet professionals. They are parents, friends, grandparents and children. They are educators, musicians, and social activists.

“We care about the food we grow, and the land upon which we live. We grow organic food – including pre-cut salads, vegetables, culinary herbs, edible flowers, and some fruit. And the food tastes really great.”

Growing Opportunities Coop


Growing Opportunities Coop


The Coop is a community farm co-op designed to provide members with the skills and experience of farming in a co-operative manner.

Lobrunner Community Farm Cooperative

Lobrunner Community Farm Cooperative

Formed by a group of farmer wannabees, the Cooperative has stewarded The Land Conservancy’s (TLC) 13 acre farm. The farm was generously donated to TLC by Norma Lohbrunner, who along with her husband Joseph farmed and cared for the land. Over the years the Cooperative has come together as “the Homesteaders”, raising the majority of their own produce to support their families. The farm is now home to Sweet Acres Farm, Vitality Farms, and the Homesteader’s community gardens.

Nanaimo Food Share

Nanaimo Food Share

Nanaimo Foodshare is one of eight Vancouver Island Health Authority Island Food Security Hubs across the island. The Food Security Hubs are a collective of organizations working together with Island Health and other community partners across the Island Region to support healthy food systems, address food insecurity and ultimately improve health. 

Established in 1997 and registered as a charity in 2000, Nanaimo Foodshare Society connects the community with resources, skills, and knowledge to create change that increases healthy food for everyone.

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE

O.U.R. Ecovillage

O.U.R. Ecovillage is a 25 acre Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Center located in a beautiful farm-based setting. As a premier North American Permaculture Site where you will find organic production (gardens/greenhouses/orchards/livestock), an onsite ecological design/sustainable living school, a residential village, food and accommodation services, micro-enterprise, and social enterprises.

Vancity Community Foundation

Vancity Community Foundation

The Vancity Community Foundation has a progressive approach to working with donors and investing assets, making grants, and delivering programs that contribute to community well-being.

Having access to the services, expertise, and network of Vancity means they’re able to build on the cooperative values and reputation of a legendary local institution, and join together to create even greater positive change in the community. 

“Everything we do is an investment in community. We believe that if all our assets are invested in building healthy communities, where cooperative principles and practices are flourishing and social justice and environmental sustainability are enhanced, the world will be a better place and our community well-being will be enhanced.”

Young Agrarians

Young Agrarians

Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer to farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological, organic and regenerative farmers in Canada. YA recognizes the Indigenous lands and territories that we all work on and alongside, and are committed to providing programs and services that are inclusive and available to farmers and friends of diverse backgrounds. The network is volunteer-driven, with farmers across the country organizing on-farm events and building community to create spaces for knowledge sharing and growth.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to care for and respect the land that we live on and depend upon for water, food and shelter. In a time of climate change, all of us must do our part to nurture local, ecological and equitably produced food systems choosing with our dollars, values and hands to consume and steward foods that are healthy for us and future generations.”