Hello Cow-op Members!
This is your new Market Manager Derrick, inheriting the desk of Cow-op’s original visionary, founder and exceedingly excellent manager: Heather Kaye.
I have big shoes to fill! I realized this the first moment I met Heather. I know that myself and the Cowichan Green Community are very sad to see her go. Simultaneously, we are ecstatic that she is entering school to become a teacher. How lucky are we to have Heather educating and stewarding the growth of our youngest members of the Cowichan community?! This is a big win.
I will do my best to carry Heather’s legacy and acute managerial skills into the next phase of our beloved Cow-op.
About Market Manager, Derrick Pawlowski
Growing & providing healthy food to my community is one of the things that inspires me the most. I studied production & socio-political aspects of sustainable agriculture at UBC. Originally I intended to pursue youth education focused on food and environmental sustainability. Towards the end of my BSc. in Land & Food Systems I entered the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at the UBC Farm (who, by-the-way, have just opened their applications for the 2020 farm season). I caught the farming bug through this absolutely thorough experience of working, learning and being a part of an exemplary farming model and community on the UBC Farm.
From there I moved to Vancouver Island to start my own farm: Coastal Rainforest Farm. A mixed veggie operation that sold to 3 farmers markets per week and a handful of local restaurants in the Comox Valley. As fate has it, I was inspired to move my life and farm down to the Cowichan Valley. I’ve shrunk my farming to a part-time passion and am shifting gears into the Cow-op. I’m excited to support our resilient hard-working farmers and our community members that are hungry for locally loved and grown food.
The Cow-op is a cooperative and a community. Together we can support our ecologically minded farmers & food producers to continue growing and supporting us with delicious, healthy, fresh and close-to-home diets.