Create local food distribution system
We have a back/front yard garden that grows primarily produce. Some years, like this one, the yield is pretty meager. But other years, like last summer, we have WAY more produce than we can possibly use, even with constant canning.
I typically start giving away the extra to unsuspecting friends and neighbours, but I would love to have a way to sell it.
Most back-yard gardeners don't produce enough produce to go to the trouble of selling it, but if there was an easy way to sell the excess into a system that could then combine it with the produce of my neighbours and resell it I would totally be in.
Some elements of a local distribution network are in place with the Farmer’s Markets. The New City Market will increase the scale of this. This idea is included in the draft Greenest City Action Plan.
Check out Shared Harvest: http://www.sharedharvest.ca/metrovancouver/
Cabot Lyford commented
The local food co-ops, such as NOWBC and East Van Food Co-op, may be willing to participate in this. Who knows, maybe the corporate entities like Choices and Capers would support it, although the uneven and widely-dispursed, individualistic nature of the supply chain might not be streamlined enough for them!
Julie Isaac commented
There is a great program on the North Shore, the Edible Garden Project, which will take your "excess" produce from your garden and in turn gives it to people in need. They have 3 drop off spots, they also co-ordinate arranging homeowners to "lend" their excess space for community gardens. Perhaps you can contact them re starting something similar in Vancouver or maybe one already exists and they can connect you. It's a win win