About the Food Hub

As a member of the BC Food Hub Network, the Cowichan Valley Full-Scale Food Processing and Innovation Hub (or as we’re calling it, the Food Hub) will offer a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) Ready commercial teaching kitchen, processing kitchen and aggregation space to local food producers and processors. We will be able to offer local food and agricultural businesses access to shared processing infrastructure, processing and testing equipment, business advisory services, product development services, analytic services, applied research opportunities, and education and training abilities and facilities related to food processing and food safety. Businesses will have the ability to process a wide variety of food and beverage products, while working in a collaborative environment.

A food hub is a shared-use space between food and agricultural businesses that increases access to commercial processing spaces that includes equipment, expertise, and resources to help grow their businesses. It aids in improving the coordination and collaboration between agriculture and food stakeholders and across the value chain.

Cowichan Valley Stakeholders Value Chain Survey

As an organization, we want a thriving regional agriculture and food sector that is a significant contributor to the local Cowichan economy.

But recent events have magnified the weaknesses in our sector and supply chain. We now have an opportunity to become more resilient by evolving our supply chain into a value chain. The key difference is the value we can bring to one another by doing more than just simply moving goods from one organization to the next.

We need to know where the gaps and challenges in the sector and industry are. We are looking for interested farmers, processors, retailers, and distributors to fill out a short survey about ways we can improve our local supply chain.

You can find the survey here.

Rentals & Membership Opportunities

The Food Hub is slated to open in early 2022 and we want to provide interested businesses an opportunity to sign up now to join the interest list. Businesses on this list will be the first to receive information about rentals and membership opportunities once the Food Hub is operational.

Sign up here!

Contact Information

Dani Stancer (she/her) – Food Hub Manager

Partners & Members

Shout out to our partner and member organizations:

Funders

We would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support and efforts to fund this project:

Media

Coming soon.

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