Sep 25th, 2020
Today we are meeting Twila Skinner who is the GM of Comox Valley Farmers market, Twila can be seen in a high visibility waistcoat at each FM hopping from stall to stall and making sure everything is running smoothly, today we want to learn a lot more about what she does, how she got here and a lot about what makes the farmers market so successful and so pivotal to the food scene here in the CV.
Although Twilas heart is 100% anchored in the CV food scene she actually started out in a very different place, studying Geology at Simon Fraser University, she then landed a job in Mineral exploration working in BC, the Yukon, as well as Ontario and Quabec, This involved Soil sampling, drilling, mineral exploration and mapping, hunting for gemstones, gold ,copper, emeralds and rubies where the overall task would be to discover enough to set up a mine.
Fast forward to 2012 she bought Pirates Pond Farm in Dove Creek, a small farm producing Chicken eggs, duck eggs, turkeys, pigs and chickens as well as vegetables, some of which she sold at her stall at the CVFM where she joined the board as a vendor. It was at this point she really started to see the importance of food and sustainability and wanted to be part of it as well as being self-sufficient herself.
THIS BRINGS US TO THE PRESENT DAY where the CVFM has over 100 vendors between 3 markets it is put quite simply absolutely critical to our valley's food scene.