About Island Roots

Island Roots is a proud member of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Make it.

Bake it.

Grow it.

How Island Roots Began

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 does one earn a living from farming if there is no market for your product? The search for an answer resulted in a series of community meetings that lead to the registration of the Island Roots Market Co-operative on July 17th, 2012.

Our Mission

Purposes of the Co-operative

Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors is as follows:


Wayne Osborne

Vice President

Ben Glassen


Bill Yarborough


Rachel Cooper

Board Member

Michele Greene

Board Member

Steve Benson

Board Member

Susan Boland

Board Member

Michael Benard

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