DeCourcy Island, British Columbia, Canada
Pirates Cove Trading Company is run by Sabrina and Dane Clark, two off-the-grid entrepreneurs who are homesteading and setting up a bakery on DeCourcy Island, located near Nanaimo, British Columbia. They moved to the island in 2018 and have run the bakery on a trial basis for the past year. DeCourcy Island is off-the-grid, with no electricity service and no ferry access. The island is a 15-minute boat ride from Gabriola Island and Vancouver Island and has about 150 homes and cabins, with approximately 20 of the properties occupied year-round. Living in a tiny unfinished cabin with solar power and a propane oven, they have had to make do with rustic facilities. They even had to haul all their water from the well at neighbour BC Park for most of last summer. All supplies are brought to the island by boat and delivered to the markets on Gabriola Island by boat. They tested the market for their products at Community Markets on Gabriola Island, through digital marketing on DeCourcy, and direct sales to boaters moored in Pirates Cove.
The consumer response has been remarkable. They believe in selling only healthy products that promote better well-being, and do this through fermenting their grains, which is unique to the area. It is a historical way of making bread and has allowed many gluten intolerant people to be able to enjoy traditional products like bread once again. They also use organic ingredients and source supplies locally as much as possible. They are well on the way to establishing a high-demand, speciality business that could support them in the low-impact lifestyle that they desire.
We make all our nourishing products using traditional techniques of fermentation for optimal health benefits. We believe in selling only healthy products that promote better well-being and hope to benefit the community while also supporting our simple low-impact lifestyle of living sustainably off-grid