Tell us about your partnerships
We are currently working on gaining letters of support from local government and non-profit organizations in the community. At this time, we have letters of support from the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, City of Port Alberni, and the Economic Development Corporation for the Alberni Valley. We are planning to talk with public officials in Ucluelet and Tofino in the coming weeks.
This past week, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) asked us to participate in their forward planning process for next year's garden. CMHA produces high quality vegetables. We have kindly accepted.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
Right now, we are testing the marketplace in Ucluelet. The demand for local food is high. For example, yesterday, I made $340 in sales ($105 profit) in 2 hours at Ukee's night market. On August 24th, I participated in another market and made $935 in sales ($275 profit).
Forty one percent of the population of Qualicum Beach are sixty-four years old or older. This age group has a notable health problems and need healthier food.
Tofino is like Ucluelet and is somewhat isolated. News reports indicate this town does not always have an adequate supply of fresh produce.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
We have low fixed and variable costs. The business is located outside of the City of Port Alberni's boundary therefore exempt from property business tax. Our store front will be in cyberspace.
Our website will be a cost-saving tool in streamlining processes, and a revenue-generating tool to support sales and marketing. Monthly fees for maintaining the website are around $40.
We already own land and the infrastructure needed to properly store food. We also own farming equipment that we share with people that are entering farming.
Basically we are coordinating the community's food sector online making the market larger for all food producers and making healthy food more accessible to everyone. In essence, we are building a stronger foundation.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list