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July 2016: New Projects & Staff
Over the past few months, CGC has received a number of questions regarding our activities on the parcel of land on Beverly Street. Well, we are pleased to officially announce that the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm (CISF) is underway. A long-term dream of CGC, we are thrilled to be establishing the first of its kind seed production and training farm in Duncan. This project will directly address the challenge farmers and gardeners face in sourcing organic, open-source, open-pollinated, and regionally adapted seed. Through the creation of a community seed bank and the training of new farmers skilled in seed production, the farm will enhance our community’s seed and food security.

This once prime agricultural site – leased generously to CGC by the Municipality of North Cowichan – will soon be transformed into a valuable community space. For more information contact or stop by and say hello!

New to our team this month, we would also like to welcome our new staff, interns, and summer students to the CGC family. Joining our Incubator Seed Farm project are Bill, Carly, Jonah, and Paula. Joining our second SkillsLink team are Carter, Laurissa, Craig, and Justine. Lastly, we would like to welcome our amazing team of summer students including Emma, Ainslinn, Katie, Chantal, Alexandra, Hannah, and Faith. We are currently a team of 28 and, as you can probably imagine, our staff meetings have gotten a lot bigger!

Lastly, this month is filled with an assortment of great community events. We'd like to encourage everyone to come out to the Homesteader Fair taking place on the weekend of July 16-17 in Cobble Hill. Check-out their website for event and workshop activities. 

We wish you a great month ahead.
In gratitude,
CGC Team
What's New?

Kid's Camp Registration is open. KinPark Kid’s Camp is a great opportunity for children to learn plenty about gardening, and farming, while making long lasting memories and friendships. Open to children ages 6-12. Register today by stopping by the Garden Pantry Store.  Read more...

Get your Buy Local! Buy Fresh Cowichan Food Map. Spanning Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo, this annual guide has been helping visitors and residents of the Cowichan Region search out locally-grown food, drink, and value-added products since its inception. As we enter the summer months, this guide (available in print and online) is a great resource for identifying where to source your favourite local foods!

Shop now at the Cow-op Online Marketplace. Your one-stop shop for Cowichan grown and made foods and goods. Order from the convenience of your home and pick up at CGC's office! Read more...
Get Involved
  • Purchase your membership online today.
  • Join our Store or FruitSave teams.
  • Become a monthly donor
  • Donate your Co-op Gas Points to account #49620
  • Make CGC your 1% for the Planet recipient
  • Donate refundables to CGC's Island Return It Duncan account
CGC's Upcoming Events

Edible Garden Tour (July 9, 10am-3pm). Tour edible gardens throughout the Cowichan Region in this day-long self guided tour. Tickets are on sale now. $20 each. Purchase your tickets at the Garden Pantry Store (360 Duncan Street).

This year, the tour will feature water wise gardening and farming techniques with 7 different gardens and farms to choose from. Attendees are given the chance to meet the very hands behind the shovels, and take away gardening secrets, tips, and techniques for growing food within drought conditions. Click here to read the garden descriptions online.
Community Bulletin Board
Diversity is the stronghold of a resilient community. Like-mindedness doesn't always mean we agree with each other about everything. CGC shares events that are submitted to us by our community that we feel may be of interest to our members. However, we do not necessarily endorse or actively support the events and activities posted on this bulletin board.

Community Events

Downtown Duncan Day
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Downtown Duncan
More information: Online

Homesteaders Fair
Date: Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17
Time: All Day
Location: Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Avenue, Cobble Hill

Damali Lavender Festival
Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Damali Lavender & Winery
Cost: Adults $7; Seniors $5; Kids under 12 years enter for free
Contact: or 250-743-4100

Islands Folk Festival
Date: Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24
Time: See online schedule
Location: Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan
Cost: See online for prices on weekend and day passes
Contact: 250-748-3975 or
Thank yous
  • Meg Loop for her generous donation of a compost tea brewer for our gardens.
  • Maria Curtis for the donation of the chainsaw and wood chipper for our garden programs. 
  • Mark and Darlene for donating the couch to our summer camp. It looks great in the pool building!
  • Bob and Helen Nation for the coldframe and the fruit picker.
  • Kelly Grainger for her "pay it forward" food basket.
  • Drillwell, Buckerfield's, Oceanside Hauling for all your generous contributions to the Incubator Seed Farm 
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Duncan, BC  V9L 3W4

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