Growing Opportunities has a highly committed volunteer leadership team with extensive experience in regenerative agriculture, farming, produce marketing/sales, nutrition and cooperative land use agreements.
We are forever grateful for the contributions of Founding Director Craig Evans, who passed away in March 2023.
Board of Directors
A registered dietician with the Nuuchahnulth Tribal Council, Jen has 25 years of experience in the field of food sovereignty and food systems development experience. She has 15 years of farming experience and is a founding director of Growing Opportunities. Jen is passionate about seed saving and carrot growing!
Isabelle has 20 years of experience in organic vegetable production. She is a founding director of Farmship Growers Cooperative which has grown from 2 acres to 12 acres, and employees about 10 people. Isabelle is a valued mentor for GO’s farming staff.
Ben is the owner/operator of Glassen Farms, a regenerative livestock farm operating on leased land in Nanaimo, and The Good Place Abattoir. He is a director of the Small Scale Meat Producers Association, Coombs Farmers Institute, Vancouver Island Roots Farmers Market and District A Farmers Institute. In this "spare time" (ha!), Ben is co-host of the popular agricultural radio show, The Tuning Fork, on CHLY.
A pioneer in promoting different forms of land tenure that will allow people who want to farm to have access to land in the future, Heather is a founding member of FarmFolk CityFolk, a co-founder/farmer with Glorious Organics Co-op in the Fraser Valley, and a resident member of Fraser Common Farm Cooperative in Langley, BC where she has been farming since 1985. Heather is on contract with Foodlands to build a Foodland Trust Cooperative. We're grateful for her wisdom and suppo
Growing Opportunities has a strong team of employees who are at the heart of the work we do in the community. While we have more employees during the growing season, during the fall/winter months our core team is currently comprised of:
Jesyka Clarkson, Education Coordinator & Field Support Mentor
We are also supported by a dedicated group of volunteers.
We will be hiring for paid positions for the 2024 growing season in the new year. Watch for our job postings on our Facebook page and on Indeed.