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November Newsletter
Dear Readers,

The month of October brought many reasons for Cowichan Green Community (CGC) staff and board to give thanks and celebrate. From coordinating a host of successful public events to the official launch of our Family Drop-In Centre at KinPark, this past month gave us all a reason to smile.  One event in particular had our team beaming from ear to ear! Drum roll please...

...On Friday, October 17, CGC’s The Station Project won a Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Land Award in the Non-profit category. There was stiff competition from SOUL Farm for their landscape training and accreditation program and the Kettle Friendship Society’s affordable housing project in Vancouver.
Factors which may have influenced the judging included the project's emphasis on community healing to rid the area of its negative history, and its financial sustainability, by not relying on public funds.

CGC's Executive Director, Judy Stafford, and Board President, Bev Suderman (featured in the above photo), were at the Land Award Gala to receive this honour. An exciting evening for the two, Bev shares that, "Provincial recognition such as this affirms the innovations and partnerships that CGC brought into the project. We hope this inspires others to attempt similar projects as a way of re-invigorating their communities."  To learn more about The Station Project, check out or Land Award video

As we ride this wave of excitement, we look forward to what November has to offer. With another full schedule of events, we are thankful to have the helping hands of Rahmi and Jason, our two superstar Canada World Youth volunteers, who will be with our urban farm team until December, and Alley and Gaylene who have joined our store volunteer team.

Wishing you a safe and happy month

In Gratitude,
CGC Team

Cowichan Community Culinary Festival - Project Wrap-Up

This fall, Cowichan Community Kitchens, Hiiye'yu Lelum House of Friendship Society and Cowichan Green Community (CGC) partnered to coordinate the Cowichan Community Culinary Festival Project. With the goal of supporting the Community Kitchen Teams to plan, promote, prepare, and host a Culinary Event, this project wrapped up with a very successful, and tasty, celebration! Read more...

Photo Credit: Frank Wall Photography
Ceres Edible Landscaping - Catching the Rain

With the extensive rainfall we receive on Vancouver Island in the fall and winter, many gardeners are challenged by the excess water which floods the landscape. But a rain garden is a creative solution to help you work with the bountiful rainfall we receive. A rain garden is a portion of a landscape planted with wildflowers and native plants designed to withstand the extremes of moisture and concentrations of nutrients that are found in urban stormwater runoff.  Read more...
FruitSave - The Winter Apples are Ready!

Get your rain gear out as the winter apples
quince are ready to harvest. October was a fairly quiet month for the FruitSave program but in the last week we have had requests from fruit tree owners to harvest apples and quince pushing our numbers to nearly 6,000 pounds of fruit harvested.

A big shout out to our volunteer harvesters and to our fruit tree owners. Thanks to you, FruitSave has donated close to 3,000 pounds of fruit to emergency food providers and the season isn't over yet. Read more...
Kin Park Youth Urban Farm - Growing Families

As of October 14, the Family Drop-In is now open! We’ve had a slow start, but have seen a few keen families so far. As we move along, we are still making many connections with other community organizations and hoping that word will spread about the drop-in. We are positive that, with time and circulation by word of mouth, our drop-in will be a booming hang out! There certainly is no lack of vision, creativity, and tasks to do for our potential participants! It’s wonderful to see the cohesion of the staff, interns and YO Team as our individual talents shine to make a brilliant whole. Read more...
Garden Pantry Thrift Store - Come in from the Rain

As we clean up our gardens and pack everything in from the winter rain, it’s a great time to take notice of the garden tools that have been collecting dust all summer long. Put them to use again by donating them to the Garden Pantry Thrift Store! Items such as rakes, shovels, hoses, pruning, weeding or other hand tools move fast as many gardeners stop in to see what’s new. Read more...
Producer Profile: Lockwood Farms

I first met James while coordinating the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program during its 2013 pilot year here in Cowichan. Like many, James was thrilled with the program that offered low income families and seniors the opportunity to shop for fresh local meat and produce, while getting to know the farmers and connecting with the community around healthy food. This is definitely his motivation for becoming a farmer. Read more...
Save the Date

Cowichan Green Community Events & Workshops

Lake Cowichan Community Garden Project 

The Cowichan Green Community has been contracted by Island Health to design and build a community garden in the Town of Lake Cowichan. In collaboration with the community, the garden will be installed behind the ball diamond in Centennial Park on South Shore Road, and will launch in early 2015.

As a part of this project, CGC will deliver a series of 6 free workshops on the basics of organic gardening and growing food. Workshops are free to anyone in the community and are followed by a work party on the site of the forthcoming garden. 
Date: Saturday, November 1 & Thursday, November 20
Time: All workshops start at 10am. Work parties start at 11:30am
Location: November 1 @ Centennial Hall in Lake Cowichan; November 20 @ Cowichan Lake Sports Centre.
Cost: Free. Refreshments and light snacks provided
Contact: Erin @ 250-748-8506 or

James Barber Fundraiser for CGC's Teaching Kitchen

The 2014 James Barber bash will be a culinary celebration of the Cowichan Valley. Local food will be paired with Valley wines and ciders in a tradition that honours a former Cowichanian and bestselling cookbook author, Canada’s late Urban Peasant. 

Organizer of the event is Chef Bill Jones from the renowned Deerholme Farm. Bill will gather some of the talented chefs and producers of the region to put on a great meal using fantastic local products.

Date: Sunday, November 16
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, 40 Ingram Street, Duncan
Cost: $100/ticket.  Order online or stop by CGC's store.
Contact: Vanessa Goodall at 

Virtual Food Connections Webinar

Food Connections is an annual conference intended to support food security efforts on Vancouver Island.  This year’s theme is Food Security in Rural and Remote Communities and it is going online to support participation from those living in remote communities on the Island and across the province. Coordinated in partnership with PlanH, and the Island Health Food Security Hub Network, several host sites will be located in communities across Vancouver Island, including Cowichan.  

Guests are welcome to attend one, or all of the webinars. To register, just fill out the online registration form.  

Date: Wednesday, November 19
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Location: Cowichan Green Community's Office - 360 Duncan Street
Cost: Free. Soup and salad lunch provided.
Contact: Vanessa Goodall at

Work Party Wednesdays @ the Urban Food Forest

CGC is looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesdays at the CGC's Community Urban Food Forest. If you are new to food forests or gardening, this is a great opportunity to learn lots about plants and ecosystems! When there is a substantial harvest, all food forest volunteers are offered a free bag of fresh produce.

Volunteers can anticipate weeding, mulching, planting, seeding, cover cropping, harvesting, adding soil amendments, and pathway maintenance. Tools and gloves are provided. 

Date: Every Wednesday (for the month of November)
Location: Urban Food Forest behind CGC's office @ 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Contact: Erin Ward at or 250-748-8506
Community Events 

Seed Processing Workshop for Seed Producers
Date: Sunday, November 2
Location: Duncan
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: Free, bring a pot luck dish to share - as well as seeds to clean!
Register and Location details: Contact Vanessa @

Wild Wings Festival : Weaving with Invasive Species Workshop
Date: Sunday, November 2
Location: Cowichan Green Community's Office - 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $75
Register: Contact Maria at or 250-748-7468

Buttons! Buttons! Buttons! -  Learn to make your own clay buttons
Date: Sunday, November 2
Location: Cowichan Station Hub Pottery Studio, 2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Cost: $50/person + clay fee $5

Wetland Restoration - Planting Party!
Date: Tuesday, November 4
Location: Meet at Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Cost: Free
Contact:  Kai Rietzel at 250-746-0227 or

EyeOpener Film Night - Featuring The Corporation
Date: Thursday, November 13 & Thursday, November 20
Location: Duncan United Church - 246 Ingram St, Duncan
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free or by donation 

The Art & Science of Successful Collaboration
Date: Friday, November 14 & Friday, November 28
Location: Community Futures Cowichan, 135-3rd Street, Duncan
Time: 8:30am-4:30am
Cost: $175 for two days, includes lunch & workbook
Register: Online

BC Seeds Gathering
Date: Friday, November 14 to Sunday, November 16
Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond
Cost: $200 plus taxes and accommodation
Register: Online 

Streamkeepers Course
Date: Saturday, November 29 & Sunday, 30
Location: Cowichan Land Trust - 55 Station Street, Duncan
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $60 for members; $90 for non-members
Register: Online
Contact: or call 250-746-0227.

From Gutter to Garden, From Rooftop to Tap
Date: Friday, December 12
Location: Delta Ocean Pointe hotel in Victoria
Time:8:30 am-3:30 pm
Cost: Fee is $225, but a $50 early bird discount is available if you register before November 5th 
Register: Online 

CVRD Environment Commission Newsletter

Did you know that the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) produces a monthly e-newsletter? Sign up today and receive monthly highlights in your inbox on their 12 Ideas for a Sustainable Cowichan. Sign-up online today!

Click here for the October 2014 newsletter: "Grow Up Not Out by putting people, jobs, and transportation closer together.  We need to lower our development footprint and live in denser, more compact communities. This means doing things like enforcing urban containment boundaries (no more ‘sprawl’), developing creative ways to get added natural values within this boundary (like ecosystem pockets, trees for shade and birds, rain gardens, etc.), and adopting a green building code."

For Rent

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact Judy at 250-748-8506 or

Rustic one bedroom cottage - North Cowichan available December 1st.  $650 per month (not including utilities).  Friendly pets - especially barn cats - are welcome. Rent is negotiable if you bring compost-turning and gardening skills or have a permaculture background!  Phone Amy 250-701-3920.

Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer Blogger - Are you passionate about growing food? Do you want to learn more? Grow Food needs someone to join our efforts in promoting people to grow their own food. We need someone to create our monthly newsletter blog.  If you or someone you know, is good with computers and willing to commit to putting out one blog per month, contact Joy Story at

Volunteer Sales Clerk - CGC is looking for a few more volunteers to work at The Garden Pantry Thrift Store. Duties will include, welcoming visitors, helping to clean, organize and price 2nd hand items received, answer questions regarding CGC, completing sales transactions, and assist with general up-keep. If interested, please contact Rosalie at

Casual Gardner - Ceres Edible Landscaping is looking for experienced gardeners for casual work opportunities. Call Nora for details: 250-748-8506


Wanted: Used Garden Tools - Parkside Academy Childcare Society needs garden tools to create a school/community garden at Somenos Elementary school. Please contact Parkside at 250 746-1711 or 
Thank you

CGC would like to send out a special thank you to the following individuals and businesses for their support during the month of October: 
  • A special thanks to the Real Estate Foundation's board, staff, and selection committee for all their hard work in putting together yet another incredible Land Awards Event.
  • CVRD for supporting the ongoing work of the Cowichan Green Community.
  • Deborah Kobewka for her generous donation of trees and plants to our gardens.
  • Jytte Diller for the large donation of perennials.
  • Mary Anne from the DBIA for inviting CGC to participate in the Under the Red Umbrella event, and Jennifer Lally for helping to host the art display at CGC's store.
  • Wes Hyde for working on the solar hot water system at KinPark.
  • Pat Amos for plastering the cob bench in the KinPark pool building.
  • Tom Devereaux for hauling debris to Bings Creek, cutting keys for the KinPark gate, and for the funky red wheelbarrow.
  • Pat Cannon for helping us haul hay.
  • Our Ypres St. neighbour for donating irises to KinPark.
  • QMS for all the manure!
  • Hank for the mincemeat tarts. Yum!
  • Fiona Devereaux, Tousilum, Trevor, Chuck, Chuck's son, and Della (Rice) Sylvestor, for their generous participation in the Gather & Grow workshop. 
  • Zac Zorisky, of Zed Squared Food, for sharing his time and culinary skills with the Cowichan Community Culinary Festival project.
  • Ruth Fenner and Sandy McPherson, of the Somenos Women's Institute, and Zac Zorisky for leading the Farmers' Market and Nutrition Coupon food skills workshops.
  • The three Community Kitchen Teams (The Hot Mamas and Papas (Cobble Hill), Chili Peppers (Lake Cowichan), and Dish It Up (Duncan)) who participated in the Cowichan Community Culinary Festival Project.
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