The Tofino Community Food Initiative is a grassroots non-profit organization based in the heart of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. Founded in 2009 by a group of determined gardeners, the organization has grown from a volunteer-run passion project to a key community partner in tackling food security, food literacy and food access for our coastal region. We serve all west coast community members with an emphasis on programming for children, youth and families.
The purposes of the society are to:
- Develop and deliver education programs about food security and food growing to people of all ages;
- Coordinate and host public events about food security and food growing;
- Increase access to local, sustainable, organically grown food;
- Promote food security in the Alberni-Clayoquot region.
We coordinate a number of community initiatives including the annual West Coast Farm & Garden Show, a ‘Grow Local’ Workshop program, a Community Garden, the Wickaninnish School Garden program and a regional Food Preservation Program in collaboration with Eat West Coast (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust). We partner with the Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild to host a farmer’s market booth at the Tofino Public Market, connecting island agriculturists with consumers on the coast. We work closely with the Alberni Regional District Agricultural Support Team on regional initiatives that support small-scale farming, to foster partnerships with local growers and to ensure our projects remain relevant in the current environment. We are a member of the recently formed Coastal Agricultural Roundtable – a group of stakeholders meeting seasonally and working to implement the action plan outlined in the Coastal Addendum to the Alberni Agricultural Plan (2018). Our geographic focus encompasses the entire Alberni-Clayoquot region, though our projects and activities are primarily delivered in the municipality of Tofino.
Our Board of Directors consists of 6 local residents who are actively involved in our decision-making and support our many programs through their volunteerism. We currently have 3 part-time positions staffed: Program Coordinator, Administration and Community Outreach, and Garden Coordinator.
Administrator & Community Outreach