In 2021 The Comox Valley Regional District and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries partnered to complete a feasibility assessment for establishing a food hub in the Comox Valley
The feasibility study was completed with input from over 40 business, residents, farmers and interested parties. A business strategy has been identified for the establishment of a local food hub and the CVRD is moving forward with the first step of recommendations in the implementation plan.
CVRD is hosting a free information session on the next steps for the Food Hub project. The information session will include:
- a progress update on the project;
- a suggested path forward including how the CVRD will continue to support the process; and
- information on how to become involved in the project including how to apply to be part of the Stewardship Group.
Join Us Online
December 9 from 3 pm to 4 pm
Session will be held online through Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting by calling 250-334-6000 or register online:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Who Should Attend?
The session is open to all interested parties. Food processors, producers, distributors and other food stakeholders will benefit from learning about the next steps needed to make the food hub a reality in the Comox Valley.
What is the Stewardship Group?
The Stewardship Group will be established by the CVRD in the New Year to explore implementation of the Food Hub business strategy with a focus on securing location and funding and partnership development. The CVRD will be seeking individuals with the skills to support the next steps in areas such as business acumen, food processing operations, distribution and fundraising. Check back here after January 4th, 2022 for application information.
Email: Planning and Development Services
A food hub offers food entrepreneurs and organizations access to shared-use commercial processing equipment and specialized services. It may be located in one centralized location or connected smaller specialized locations. There exists an interest in the Comox Valley in establishing such a facility.
The Feasibility Study was prepared by a consultant experienced with food hub planning and the economics of food systems, Urban Food Strategies in association with Greenchain Consulting and Sustainability Ventures. The objectives of the study were to :
- Engage key players in identifying existing regional food and agriculture assets, related initiatives, and potential gaps.
- Determine if there is sufficient potential market demand for a financially viable CVRD food hub.
- Identify aquaculture and agriculture business needs and level of interest in participating in a food hub.
- Based on key player input as well as best practice research, build and test a food hub model that is revenue-positive within five years.
- Develop a business plan for the hub, including an operations plan, governance and management plan, marketing plan, financial plan and implementation plan.
A public forum was held on June 2, 2021 to review the preliminary results before recommendations were finalized.
Additional Information on food hubs in BC: