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Salt Spring Island community comes together to create a stronger food system

The community became concerned about a potential rise in food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic. They decided to mount special efforts to keep agriculture running as an essential business, markets well supplied with affordable and nutritious food, and island residents safely supplied with food despite movement restrictions and income losses.

New partnership with River Select Fisheries Cooperative

Community Evolution is proud to announce a new partnership with River Select Fisheries Cooperative to further our mutual aim of promoting co-operation and community economic development as instruments of social and economic empowerment.

Nutritious food, a text message away

Our partner, a group of female-led farmers and entreprenurs, in Bolivia receives orders via WhatsApp, and delivers fresh vegetables from their greenhouses directly and safely to customers in the capital city. The team has also partnered with other local farmers and producers to sell and deliver totes filled with diverse and nutritious food.

A few of the faces behind the Cow-Op

These are just a few of the farmers, fisherpeople, and food processors who are feeding the Cowichan Valley community on Vancouver Island. They sell their products through the Cow-Op online shop and delivery system.

What we do

Community Evolution is a community economic development organization that partners with cooperatives and community-based enterprises to help communities gain control of their local economies.

 

We are a registered charity that operates in Canada, Bolivia and Ecuador. We offer a customized facilitation process that combines community mobilization, capacity building and financial support for social impact.

 

We envision a world where people work together to build sustainable and empowered communities.

 

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Where we work

Bolivia

In Bolivia, we partner with community enterprises in the area of sustainable food production. The majority of the associations’ members are indigenous women working the land to grow mostly vegetables.

Canada

Our partners in Canada dedicate their attention to growing food that is safe and healthy. Besides working to protect the land, they create income-generating opportunities for local communities.

Ecuador

In Ecuador, our partners are involved in both sustainable food production and community tourism. This approach diversifies their source of income and improves livelihoods and economic prosperity.

How to get involved

There are several ways to help Community Evolution support all these incredible community enterprises.

What’s new

A stronger Salt Spring Island food system for all
A stronger Salt Spring Island food system for all

Salt Spring Island is a 180 square kilometre (70 square miles) land mass in the Salish Sea, between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia Mainland. The Island is dotted by small farms, 45...

Female farmers and entrepreneurs provide diverse food baskets for delivery around La Paz, Bolivia
Female farmers and entrepreneurs provide diverse food baskets for delivery around La Paz, Bolivia

During the pandemic, Community Evolution’s partner AFLOPHA in Bolivia is providing food and income for their community. AFLOPHA receives orders and provides delivery of fresh vegetables from their greenhouses directly and safely to customers in La Paz via WhatsApp. The group has also partnered with other producers to sell and deliver diverse and nutritious food baskets.