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British Columbia, Jun 23 (Canadian-Media): A Job Creation Partnership project funded by the provincial government of British Columbia (BC) people in the Cowichan Valley and Victoria will have better, fresh, and safer access to locally grown produce and products delivered to their homes, media reports said.
Cow-op. Image credit. Twitter handle of BC Farmers Market
A funding of nearly $100,000, would be received by Cowichan Valley Co-Operative Marketplace (Cow-op), a non-profit farmer and food processor co-operative, to develop a contactless home delivery system while supporting farmers and processors in the region.
The funding is being provided to Cow-op by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction through the Job Creation Partnership stream of WorkBC’s Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP).
The Cow-op, an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace in partnership with Cowichan Green Community, has been providing since 2014 an online marketplace for locally grown and harvested food.
Two local eligible job seekers will be given the opportunity to build transferable skills in logistics, operations and community engagement until May 2021.
“The past few months have highlighted the importance of food security, as well as adaptability to deliver food from farm to table during COVID-19,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in June 23 news release. “Looking forward, Cow-op’s innovative contactless home delivery system...a safe way to deliver fresh, healthy food to buyers and supporting farmers to grow and sell their products sustainably.”
Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley, said in June 23 news release: “I’m pleased to see that the Cow-op marketplace will continue to build on their model of providing fresh local food from field to front door. This service directly supports the health and well-being of families in the agriculture business and those who enjoy their products, and helps build food security and resiliency in Cowichan.”