What organizations are you affiliated with? Discovery Organics – wholesaler distributor of certified organic and fairly traded produce – I am the Purchasing Manager
What motivated you to join the VFPC? Former members of the VFPC talking about the council was my primary motivation.
What are your areas of expertise in the food system? (and/or) What are your skills? I have been involved in the fresh produce industry since 1999 and have farmed in the Fraser Valley on 20 acres for commercial organic production for a portion of that time. I have a broad base of knowledge of the commercial/wholesale mass distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables. I know the certified organic marketplace in Western Canada pretty much inside out having been intimately involved in it for 18 years.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself; (and/or) What is one of your proudest food system-related accomplishments? First growing then harvesting BC grown certified organic Brussel Sprouts and leeks on New Years day 2005 proving that overwintered local production can and should happen in this province to help improve our overall food security.
Which VFPC working group(s) are you currently active on and/or do you co-chair? Development Group and the School Food Group at this time.