My personal background

 

  • Raised on a subsistence farm in Gibsons Landing 1956- 66
  • Managed Vineyard (10 acres) Niagara-on-the-Lake 1973—Ontario (good grapes— awful wine)
  • United Farms (Sales floor) Ontario Food Terminal 1974-1975 Wholesale produce by the bag and by the carload.  —Toronto Ontario
  • Pan’s Garden (1986-2004) Organically raised bedding plants, medicinal and culinary herbs, Heirloom fruit trees, local supplier of organic soil amendments— and 3.5 acre  market garden , salad crops, strawberries, blueberries—Westham Island
  • Riefel Bird Sanctuary(lifetime member 1985)—-Westham Island
  • Seed Savers Exchange—Decorah, Iowa (lifetime member-since founding 1986)
  • B.C.A.R.A. (British Columbia Association of Regenerative Agriculture) 1987-94–Chair and various boards.  (Fraser Valley)
  • Valley Organic Growers Co-Op 1990–92 (first organic sales in Granville Island Market)–Vancouver
  • Farm/Folk/City/Folk (Founding board 1994)—Vancouver
  • C0-owner-Earth’s Good Harvest Natural Foods Market with partner Dona (1989-2004) Full service Natural foods market with focus on supporting local organic farmers long before it was popular.– Tsawwassen
  • Vancouver Wooden Boat Society—board and chair–1999-2002
  • Molly’s Way Soups and Stews (2008-2014) Soups and stews made from scratch and then frozen—using as many local and organic ingredients as possible.—Gabriola island
  • Supply Line Organic Foods (2007-present)—-Gabriola Island
  • Gabriola Organization for Agricultural Liberty (2008–2012) Gabriola Island
  • Gabriola Food Forum (2009—2017) —aka Gabriolan’s for local food choices
  • Islands Trust Agricultural Advisory Commission 2012-2015
  • Canadian School of Natural Nutrition— Environmental Nutrition course and consultant—(2015—2020)
  • Gabriola Agricultural Co-Op  BOD ( 2018—present)