Fall 2016: Let The Harvest Begin
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Fall 2016: Let The Harvest Begin

As we move from the summer warmth to fall harvest, you may have noticed an increase in traffic around The Station, KinPark Urban Farm, and at our new Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm on Beverly Street. Fall is a time for planning, cover cropping, and overwintering, building up resilience as we move into cooler weather. Similar to our Cowichan farmers and gardeners, our programming has also been fostering a theme of resilience and empowerment through our new SkillsLink food skills programming, Preserving Our Wisdom, and Ceres Edible Landscaping's ever growing network.

It's important to take time to reflect on the summer that was and look forward to the fall, a season so full of life in many different ways. We wish everyone a healthy and happy fall season!

In gratitude,
CGC Staff    


Whats New!

Since the announcement of our Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm, we have seen the media grab hold of this unique farming program. We can now add a Finalist nomination for this year's seCatalyst Social Enterprise Competition. The seCatalyst Gala provides an opportunity to recognize strong social innovation and social enterprise sector on Vancouver Island. Read more...

We have two SkillsLink food and empowerment programs ongoing: Before Your Plate & Let's Chop It Up with a total of 9 participants! 

Preserving Our Wisdom is in full swing. Funded by New Horizons for Seniors, a grant from Employment and Social Development Canada, we will be hosting 20 free food preservation workshops and 8 free community meal workshops from now until February 2017. Read More...

Get Inspired

Become a Member- Purchase your membership online today.
Volunteer- 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

From The Garden...
Combining Food Preservation and Reclamation
Preserving Our WisdomJennifer Dorby
There was an incredible partnership created this month between a Cowichan Secondary class, CGC, and the Cobble Hill Homesteading Fair organizers! Through CGC’s new program Preserving Our Wisdom (POW), students partook in a community meal preparation facilitated by a local elder. Read More...
Foraging a Gardener 
Ceres Edible LandscapingCyle Serra
“Everything seems possible!” These very powerful words are how Andrea Kross feels when she is hanging out with her edible garden consultant - me. Andrea describes herself as always being a wannabe gardener. Dreaming of that summer where she can be braggadocios at the office, showing off her own grown salad filled with food that she grew. Read More...

Let's Chop It Up! 
Let's Chop It Up!Ali Stark
August brought Term 3 of Let’s Chop It Up, one of CGC’s SkillsLinks programs. This program supports skill development in the area of food preparation and security via an approach that focuses on capacity building, education and empowerment. We had a huge number of applicants for the term and had to make the tough decision to choose 4 participants. Read More...
Producer Profile | Fruit Forest

Fruit Forest is a Certified Organic farm run for the past three years by former biologist Danielle Bellefleur, who before starting the farm worked growing endangered and threatened plants for restoration purposes. Although she now grows a large variety of food including lemons, limes, oranges, cherries, figs, walnuts, peaches, quince, strawberries, hard-neck garlic and flowers, she mainly focuses on apples, having grafted 370 of the 420 trees on the farm. Read More...
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
Get Seedy With CGC!
Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, Oct 22
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: Beverly Street (next to Alexander Elementary)

Pressing Matters in Duncan
Date: October 1
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre
*100lbs minimum 

Crab Fest
Date: October 2
Time: 5 pm & 7 pm
Location: Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre
*Savour Cowichan Festival community event 

MEC Victoria Fall Century Ride 2016
Date: October 2
Time : 10 am-3:00 pm
Location: Merridale Cider 

Sooke Ecohome Tour
Date: October 8
Time: 10 am-4:00 pm

Ceres Edible Landscaping- Composting Workshop
Date: November 26
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: The Station @ 360 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC
Thank Yous
  • We have officially surpassed last year's total of fruit harvested by our FruitSave volunteers in 2016! Huge thank you to ALL our harvesters and tree owners
  • To Bonnie Mills, Mary-Anne Masyk, Saroj Sund, Ruth Fenner, Patricia Eckhart, Laurel Walton, and Michael Kelly for being incredible facilitators for our POW workshops!
  • To Russell Farms Market for donating some wonderful inglorious produce for our POW workshops
  • To Salt Spring Cheese for their beautiful cheese donation
  • To Ts'i'ts'uwatul' Lelum Assisted Living for your continued partnership
  • To Island Bagel for your continued partnership
  • Tony Hoar, Corix, Dogwood Lumber, David Person for your donations and continued support 
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