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BCAFM Conference 2015: Food Co-ops, Online Marketplaces and Farmers' Markets

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Published on May 4, 2015

Presentation by Rick Juliusson, Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace

Consumers want more local produce and farmers want to be able to sell more of what they grow. This highlights the need to bring consumers and farmers together. Food Hub co-operatives are one way to make this happen. In the Cowichan Valley, we have formed a co-op that is launching an online marketplace this June. Consumers will have an easy way to find, order and pick-up (once a week) exactly what they need from the farmers they choose. Farmers will have an easy way to market their goods, then pick only what has been pre-paid and deliver it once a week to a central location.

This session explores the potential of food co-ops to address various issues, as well as some of the specifics of setting up an online marketplace.

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