Day 1: Groundswell Community Marketplace

Day 1 vendors & workshops: Farewick, Gauntlit, Springtail Soil Regeneration, Wood Shop Coop, Colombian Indi Arts, Feral Strength, Amacata, Mixtli Apparel, Trinity's Tea, Beach Glass Brewing ,  Groundswell Social Ventures

At the Groundswell Community Marketplace you'll find mission-based vendors and workshops that deal with food security, slow fashion, health and wellness, upcycling, the arts, and more!


It's happening!

We were blessed with a perfect sky for our inaugural Community Marketplace on Granville Island.  Spirits were high and all the vendors, workshop leads and volunteers rolled up their sleeves together to build the full market up for the first time, bringing our community's vision to reality.   The day went off splendidly and without a hitch (thanks to Red Gate for helping us with storage issues!).  Much credit and gratitude is due to our coordinator and marketplace expert extraordinaire Sarah Kristi Lone - what a dynamite member of the Groundswell team! (In pink in the photos above.)  

 Early morning committee meetings - 2 weeks to market day 1!

Early morning committee meetings - 2 weeks to market day 1!

Everyone involved contributes to this market, from participating in monthly planning meetings to cross-promotional efforts to setting up each other's tents to investing in a check-out circle and debrief after each market.  This reciprocal model is what fuels our community, giving each of us a sense of belonging by fostering meaningful roles and relationships.  Everyone has skills to share, and everyone can learn something from each other.  It's a delight to see it all come together like it did this week, and special thanks is due to the committee members who stepped up from our alumni community to invest extra time and sweat into making this happen: Joel Spooner of Farewick, Laura Reid of Beach Glass Brewing, and Alex Kennedy of Gauntlit. A big welcome and thank you to Amarita Pooni, who joined the team recently as a student intern from UBC. Thank you!

If you are interested in joining our community of social impact changemakers and entrepreneurs, check out the Groundswell social venture program, applications are open!

 Kevin Head, long time Granville Island merchant at Kroma Artist's Acrylics, visits Groundswell mentor Gilad Babchuk and Sanja Simic from the Conconi Foundation for a hang out in the Wood Shop Coop constructed patio lounge.

Kevin Head, long time Granville Island merchant at Kroma Artist's Acrylics, visits Groundswell mentor Gilad Babchuk and Sanja Simic from the Conconi Foundation for a hang out in the Wood Shop Coop constructed patio lounge.

Many of the friends we've made on Granville island came for a visit, and it was amazing to see the smiles on their faces: something new and exciting is on the Island!  We've been working with CMHC, the management on Granville Island, to plan this project and we are excited to experiment, learn and test concepts that are in line with Granville Island's 2040 vision, an ambitious and exciting plan to revive this special place as a cultural and arts hub where the the city can let loose a little bit and explore possibilities in innovation, entrepreneurship, culture, the arts, public space and community building.

Learn more about the Groundswell Community Marketplace here.

We're here every week this summer, so please come on down!  We want to give you - Vancouver locals who care about economic change and are curious about new things -  a new reason to visit Granville Island: come to connect with this energetic, diverse community to learn and experience new things, and imagine what a new economy could look like, together.

Check out our workshop schedule for upcoming markets here.

 

 

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Special thanks to the CMHC team and staff, Kevin Head, Shanon Lambie, Pat Christie and Matt Hessey for your support.

Thank you to our partners for believing in our vision and helping to make it a reality!