Gabriola Food Hub: connecting island residents and businesses with fresh local produce

Gabriola Food Hub

Press Release

Tuesday, August 16 2016

The Gabriola Food Hub, a collective of farmers that is already delivering locally grown organic vegetables to restaurants and the Village Food Market, is launching a new 10-week box program for Gabriola residents.

“All of the farmers behind the Gabriola Food Hub live here and love this island and we are combining our efforts to give residents and businesses access to fresh produce that is grown right here,” said GFH organizer Graham Bradley. “The three founding farms offer a diverse range of high-quality, organically grown vegetables, and the GFH also includes sustainable delivery because we all know the world is changing and we need to as well.”

Graham Bradley on board the bike used to make Food Hub deliveries. Photo courtesy Quinton Dewing

This summer, Gabriola Food Hub has been bike-delivering island-grown produce to Woodfire Restaurant, the Village Food Market, and The Kitchen. Its first vegetable box program will give Gabriola residents the choice of pick-up or delivery and will run for 10 weeks starting Saturday August 20. Each box will be $22. Delivery, primarily by an electric cargo bike named Pepper, will cost $3 per week and will give island residents with mobility issues access to fresh local vegetables.

Three island farms are providing produce to the Gabriola Food Hub: Heart & Soil Organics (Dion Pepper-Smith and Katie Massy), Good Earth Farm (Rosheen Holland) and 40 x 40 Farm (Graham Bradley).

To find out more about the box program and to sign up, island residents can send an email to gabriolaislandfoodhub@gmail.com or find the Food Hub on Facebook.