The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) recently began work undertaking a food hub feasibility study for the region. The CVRD has entered into a cost-sharing agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to undertake the assessment. The CVRD gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries towards this initiative.
The feasibility study is part of the Province’s BC Food Hub Network Plan currently under development. The Plans comprises of a series of regional hubs that will offer agriculture, food and seafood businesses shared processing infrastructure, processing and testing equipment. As well it will offer business advisory and product development services; as well as training and research opportunities related to food processing and safety.
“Our study will be the first step to promote local collaboration among local food contributors, explore opportunities to expand our local food production and market share, as well as prepare a business plan for a Comox Valley Food Hub,” explains Alana Mullaly, CVRD General Manager of Planning and Development Services. “We have a very strong local food production community and developing this business plan helps increase local food security. The business plan, will be presented to the CVRD Board to provide guidance on the potential implementation of a Comox Valley Food Hub in the region.”
Residents are encouraged to learn more about Food Hubs by attending an online forum.
ONLINE (ZOOM) FOOD HUB FORUM
June 2, 2021 12 – 1 PM
Pre-registration is required. Visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/foodhub to register today.
Development of the feasibility study includes a background and market review, business plan development as well as governance model options. Targeted engagement with key stakeholders and food processors is currently underway.
To learn more about the project visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/foodhub
The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.