Nanaimo Foodshare Society received a $45,000 donation from Mid-Island Co-op to build a greenhouse. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Co-op cash funds greenhouse for Nanaimo Foodshare

Mid Island Co-op donates $45,000 to create greenhouse for urban farm in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Foodshare Society will be able to grow food year-round and educate people about food security, thanks in part to a donation to build a greenhouse.

The Co-op Community Greenhouse will be built at Nanaimo Foodshare Society’s urban farm in Nanaimo with a $45,000 donation from Mid Island Co-op.

The greenhouse will be used to educate youths and adults about how to grow food, raise produce and improve access to fruit and vegetables for low-income families.

“This donation is a bright light in a time of great change…” said Jen Cody, Nanaimo Foodshare executive director, in a press release. “Growing local food for the community has never been so important. A greenhouse will create a space not only to grow more plants, it will be a safe environment to teach those skills for the next generation of farmers. It takes a community to grow local, and this donation is the sunshine that will make those plants grow.”

The donation was made through Co-op Community Spaces, which was created to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across western Canada. In 2020, the program is providing $1 million to 17 community projects from Vancouver Island to Manitoba. Co-op has donated $9.5 million to 132 projects since 2015. For more information, visit

To learn more about Nanaimo Foodshare Society, visit

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