Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce partners with Coombs Farmers Institute

Expanding Local Food Production – A Feasibility Study

 

March 15, 2019

Qualicum Beach – An investment of $10,000 from the BC Rural Dividend Fund will support the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce project to conduct a business case study for expanding our local food supply with a grain growing pilot project. Working in conjunction with the Coombs Farmers Institute, the purpose of the study is to identify support for and outline a plan on how to conduct field trials to assess the viability of growing grains and pulses for livestock and human consumption within our community. The outcome of this study would then be used to support future project applications such as the field trials and an action plan for diversifying and sustaining our local food systems.

Addressing the grain and protein segment of the local food supply will not only help our self-sufficiency, but also help to increase the profitability of local livestock producers, encourage new farmers into grain and protein production, and ultimately change the economic well-being of many families in our community. Everyone in the community can benefit from healthy food produced locally in an ethical and sustainable manner.

 

For further information:

Anne Dodson, CEO, Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, Tel: 250.752.0960, chamber@qualicum.bc.ca

 

Janet Thony, President, Coombs Farmers’ Institute, District ‘A’ Farmers’ Institute, Tel: 250.738.0888, www.coombsfarmersinstitute.ca

 

Cheryl McLay, Regional Manager Vancouver Island/Coast, Regional Economic Operations- Rural Development Unit, Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Tel: 250.751.3217, Cheryl.McLay@gov.bc.ca

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