Co-operate Now: Co-op Development Bootcamp – March 2-5 in Nelson!

| Agriculture, Business, Community, Environment, Events

Are you part of a team interested in forming your own co-op? Join us for the next cohort of Co-operate Now: Co-op Development Bootcamp for entrepreneurs and community members ready to build their co-op enterprise. The spring session plans to be a primarily in-person affair, hosted by our friends at the Upper Columbia Co-op Council  in beautiful Nelson, BC from … Continued

February 24 Webinar – How the Co-op Model Serves Value-Add: A Dialogue

| Agriculture, Announcements, Business, Community

Join us for a lively tete-a-tete with Jennifer Walsh, Manager of the BC Food Hub Network in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Simona Caselli, Head of EU Affairs Legacoop Agri-food / National Association of Agri-food Cooperatives for Rural & Coastal Development. We’ll hear about the BC Food Hub Network’s mandate to increase … Continued

BCCA Co-op Week Webinars – A Recap

| Agriculture, Education, Events |

Earlier this year, the BC Co-op Association re-focused on engaging with agriculture and food co-ops after research was conducted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2019. Pairing the sharing of the research findings with celebrating Co-op Week, we hosted two “pulse check” consultation sessions with BC’s agriculture and food co-operatives to identify opportunities and challenges for … Continued

2021 Co-op Week Webinars

BCCA Co-op Week

Join us for these (free) Co-op webinars in October During Co-op Week!   Pulse Check Part I: Consultation with Small & Start-Up Agriculture & Food Cooperatives Monday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:30 (PST) Register here Description: The BC Cooperative Association would like to reconnect with agriculture and food co-ops (large and small) after Kwantlen Polytech … Continued

Co-op Meetup: Co-ops, Mutuals, and Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Daniel Brunette, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) led our May 8th Co-op Meetup and shared his vast knowledge of federal financial programs and supports are currently available to co-operative businesses. Along with reiterating that co-ops have equal access to all federal COVID-19 emergency financial programs and supports, Daniel highlighted that … Continued

Updated Agricultural Co-operatives Start-Up Guide Release

The Agricultural Co-operatives Start-Up Guide was recently updated and re-released (the original 1997 version was written by our own BCCA Executive Director Andrea Harris!). The Ag Co-op Start-Up Guide outlines an easy five-step process to help farmers create a new local co-op, while the complementary Financing Agricultural Co-operatives Guide provides funding options for co-op farms. The updated guides … Continued

Island Ideal Meats: Meat move aids Island producers

| Agriculture |

Sticking to the 100-mile diet and the slow food movement just got a little easier for people on southern Vancouver Island with the opening of a new custom meat processing service. Operating out of the existing abattoir at Valley View Farm, 10 kilometres south of Nanaimo, the Vancouver Island Heritage Foodservice Co-op has opened Island … Continued