British Columbia

BC Farm Fresh  is an organization that provides information about local farms, produce, fruits and meats grown and produced within the Lower Mainland area. The website provides a directory of local farms that can be searched by names or by alphabetically listed products. You can also find newest events, workshops and classes.

Buy Local BC is an initiative aimed at strengthening links between local farmers, restaurants, retailers and consumers across the British Columbia Interior. The organization promotes local food and farms through projects such as the creation of Buy Local! Buy Fresh! maps for the Thompson and Okanagan valleys which can be picked up at several stores around the region. On their site, you can also find an extensive list of farms grouped by region.

Craft Council of British Columbia is a charitable arts service organization which supports all stages of artistic practice in the craft sector; creates opportunities for artists to exhibit, sell and produce art; provides a voice for artists and craft organizations and aids in the development of active communities around craft.

Cowichan Green Community Society is a not-for-profit organization that strives to improve food security by developing strong relationships with local food producers and increasing urban and rural food production. Their food security projects include the creation of food policy documents such as the Cowichan Food Charter and the Cowichan Food Security Plan, Kin Park Youth Urban Farm, FruitSave – a fruit gleaning project-, and community gardens. They also offer educational workshops, events and organize the annual Seedy Saturdays/Sundays to promote the role of rural and urban agriculture in the community. Also check out their digital Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Farm Map to find locally grown food, drink, and value-added products available in the region.

Farm Folk City Folk  is a not-for-profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Through public education with farm and city folks they actively advocate and organize projects that promote food sustainability. All their projects aim to provide access to and protect foodlands, support local growers and producers, and engage communities in the celebration of local food. Check their website for a huge list of projects you can particiapte in or their useful resource page, and don’t forget to sign up for their e-magazine FarmFolk CityFolk Magazine which is full of information and  inspirational stories.

get local is a community of BC food producers, businesses, and groups working together to promote eating locally in the Metro Vancouver area. The organization offers education about the benefits of eating locally, a growing list of businesses that are producing and selling local food, and a wealth of other resources to help you “Get Local.” Search their extensive directory of businesses committed to selling and serving local food  that are part of the Get Local Business Alliance.

LifeCycles is a Victoria-based not-for-profit organization committed to raise awareness  on issues around food security and increase food production in urban communities. Programs include community youth gardens where the harvest supplies soup kitchens, as well as the Fruit Tree Project, where volunteers can rescued fruit from private backyards. Visit their website if you are a tree owner with fruit to share or if you want to become a volunteer to harvest fruit.

LOCO is a not-for-profit alliance of local companies (restaurants, cafes, retailers, food, grocery, professional and services) to work together to strengthen local communities, grow the economy, and build strong sustainable businesses.  Their concept is founded on the vision of creating local economies, supporting living wages, social and environmental justice through supporting and influencing local business.

One Straw Society helps create sustainable, local food systems on the Sunshine Coast. Browse their directory to find locally produced food.

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