Island Roots Market Co-operative is a registered Community Services (Not-for-Profit) Co-operative.
Anyone can become a member by purchasing one or more shares.
The members of the current board of directors are as follows:
Larry Whaley - President
Bill Yarbrough - Treasurer
Nanaimo's only year round market.
October - April inside the Centennial Building at Beban Park.
May - Nov outside at Beban Park.
Purposes of The Co-operative Association
After listening to Occupy Nanaimo participants in late 2011 Gordon Fuller commented that a surprisingly large number of them wanted to farm. That comment brought about an interesting question: How do you earn a living from farming if there is no market for your product? The search for the answer resulted in a series of community meetings that lead to the registration of the Island Roots Market Co-operative on July 17, 2012.
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Our current project is A Year Round Market at Beban Park. We will offer local produce and products, offices, workshops, classes, presentations, films, and social events. The Cooperative will engage and involve people of all ages as volunteers and employees. We plan to have an assistant to work with start ups. The development will include a cafe and food preparation area.
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