Gabriola Agricultural Co-operative

Agi Co-op Market Café Opportunity!

Do you love food and connecting with the Gabriola farmers market community? Want to start or grow a small food or bakery business on the island? The Agi Co-op might have just the opportunity for you! We are looking for someone to run the market café out of the Agi Hall for the 2023 market season.

The market draws in hundreds of goers on a weekly basis so there is a real opportunity to get your name out there, and cook for the community. You will have the freedom to design your own menu, with guidance from the Co-op board members if desired. Food prep will need to be done in a VIHA certified kitchen. Refrigeration and freezer space will be provided. A small percentage of the profits made will go back to the Agi Co-op and this can be discussed further with interested candidates.

Proposal will be accepted from January 24 – Feb 17, 2023. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience with kitchen service, have a valid food safe certificate, be able to commit to Saturday Market service from May – October as well as 10 weeks of Wednesday evening summer markets. Preference will be given to those who commit to buying predominantly local produce from Gabriola producers. In your proposal please provide a full list of menu items, a breakdown of product sourcing, price lists, and plans for staffing.

We look forward to hearing from you!

— Agi Co-op Board

On-line Farmers Market

Buy Local | Eat Fresh | Stay Home

The on-line market is open Thursdays to Monday for ordering.

Orders will be filled and delivered Wednesdays from 3:00 – 9:00 pm.

Set up your account and be ready to shop.

Gabriola Food Charter 2010

Wholesome food needs to be a basic human right.

Authors:  Tsiporah Grignon, Debra Ferens, Dona Bradley

To help ensure that wholesome food remains available to people on Gabriola, Gabriolans have prepared this Food Charter.


The principles can be used as a guide

  • for us as consumers

  • for those who produce our food or help to bring it to our tables

  • for those with authority to make regulations that affect our food

Principles of our Food Charter



We will act to protect, maintain and nourish the integrity of Gabriola’s natural environment. We support responsible growing practices that protect the earth, water and air.

We believe in fostering local, safe and nutritionally superior food systems to reduce negative impacts on our environment, decrease consumption of fossil fuels and lessen packaging waste.


We understand the importance of educating ourselves and our children about the food we eat.

We promote learning about nutrition, growing practices, preparation, storage, seed saving, industry additives, genetic engineering, and the use of local wild foods.


We envision using and preserving the resources in our community: the land, the sea around us, our fresh water, and distribution systems to ensure that Gabriolans have access to safe, locally produced , affordable, fresh and nutritious food.


We value the importance of food and celebration in our island culture, and the integral role that it plays.

We recognize that food brings people together in celebration of community, reflecting our traditional right to share food prepared in our kitchens and using food grown in our own gardens.


Gabriola has an active community of farmers providing us with good local, sustainable food.

Hall Rentals

Agi Hall is available for rental

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