Fresh Sustainable Produce Grown In Ucluelet - Growcer
April 22, 2024

The Ucluelet Co-op is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Growcer Modular Food Solutions! This collaboration is all about growing the most delicious local produce year-round, strengthening our local food system, and inspiring the next generation of growers right here in our community.

Meet Growcer: Leaders in Vertical Farming Innovation

Growcer is a Canadian company revolutionizing how we grow food. Their advanced vertical farming systems are designed to produce delicious, high-quality greens no matter the season or weather.

Why This Matters for Ucluelet

"The Growcer Food Initiative represents sustainability within our own community and growing outwards from there," explains Laurie Gehrke, Ucluelet Co-op General Manager.

This partnership brings a wave of exciting benefits to our community:

  • Fresher Than Fresh: "We protect our own local food sources by being able to grow our own food right in our backyard," says Laurie. Imagine having the freshest greens, grown steps away from our Co-op!
  • Supporting Local: Buying Growcer-powered produce means supporting our local economy and our hard-working Co-op farmers.
  • Food for All: Growcer's emphasis on accessibility ensures that everyone in our community can enjoy the benefits of fresh, locally-grown food.

Ucluelet: The Perfect Place for Innovation

"Ukee is a perfect place to bring a system like this in," says Laurie, noting our unique growing conditions. Growcer's technology is designed to overcome challenges, ensuring a bountiful harvest even when the weather outside isn't cooperating.

The Future is Bright (and Green!)

"We hope to see this Growcer program take off very, very, very well," says Laurie. The vision includes supplying our store, local restaurants, and expanding for even greater local food production.

We're also committed to inspiring the next generation! Laurie envisions local youth learning about sustainable farming, helping with the harvest, and gaining valuable skills in this growing field.

Stay Tuned for Delicious Updates!

We're sending staff to train with Growcer experts, ensuring we're ready to hit the ground growing. "We're hoping to see [the container unit] by late spring, early summer and start growing for you," says Laurie.

Get ready Ucluelet – a sustainable and delicious food future is on the horizon!