Spring 2017: Bloom Where You Are Planted
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Spring 2017: Bloom Where You Are Planted

We here at CGC love the spring! The wonderful holiday season is now a recent memory and the Seedy Season is just around the corner. This time of year is one for reflection and celebration for the wonderful year that was.

BUT with a new year comes new programs, new ideas, and a fresh start. As the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm and KinPark Urban Farm remain in hibernation, both our SkillsLink programs are in full swing, keeping the laughs rolling in at our Station office. Big announcements are on the horizon for CGC... see below.

We wish everyone a wonderful start to the 2017 year and always remember to bloom where you are planted!

In gratitude,
CGC Staff    


Whats New!
CGC is a recipient of a generous donation from Veridian Energy Co-operative. The $10,000 donation will go towards the installation of solar panels on The Station! Viridian Energy offers design, installation, and consulting services for renewable energy and options for energy recovery right here in the Cowichan Valley!      

We are pleased to announce that we will host the 9th annual Duncan Seedy Sunday. On March 19th, 2017, this family- friendly event will be taking place at the Cowichan Tribes Si’em Lelum Gymnasium (5574 River Road, Duncan, BC). 

Vendor Registration is open until 4 PM on March 15th, 2017.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dorby at 250-748-8506 or


We will be launching a new series of family cooking classes focused on healthy eating featuring vegetarian and vegan dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. These classes will be free and offered weekly starting this April. Visit our facebook page for an up to date schedule: Cowichan Family Cooking!

Are you interested in the topic of food security in our Cowichan Region? Read More...

Help Build Community

Become a Member- Purchase your membership online today
Volunteer- Join our Store or FruitSave teams
  • Become a monthly donor (automatically qualify for our membership)
  • 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


There are still Island Farmers' Alliance 'Of Land and Sea' books available at The Garden Pantry Store at 360 Duncan Street (The Station)
Ceres Edible Landscaping is offering 15% off all fruit tree and berry pruning for the months of January and February. Now is the time to prune your trees while they are dormant and spring is just around the corner! 
To book an estimate call Nora at 250.748.8506.

Stay tuned for our 2016 year-end video celebrating another wonderful year in the Cowichan Region!

From The Kitchen...
Introducing CGC Foundation
Cowichan Green Community  Judy Stafford

CGC Society is happy to announce that CGC Foundation has (finally) received charitable tax status with the Canada Revenue Agency! Read More...

Island Farm & Garden Magazine
IF&G Magazine | Judy Stafford

In August 2016, CGC was very proud to have purchased the Island Farm and Garden Magazine from the founder, Lesley Lorenz. Read More...

Everyone Wins at the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm 
Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm Foster Richardson

In November, the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm team was put on the spot at the Dragon’s Den style SECatalyst Gala. The team had to prepare and present a pitch before a panel of judges, vying with other top social enterprises for financial and in-kind support. Read More...

Workshops with Ceres Edible Landscaping
Ceres Edible LandscapingCyle Serra

Here we sit in the dog days of winter, dreaming of longer days and warmer nights. There is not much to do in the garden except to create your planting plan. Read More...


Producer Profile | Local Flavours Farm


Local Flavours Farm is located on two acres in Cowichan Bay, and has been run by Judy and Stuart Kuiken since 2008. The Kuikens enjoy farming because they appreciate the challenges it offers as well as the rewards of having homegrown food on the table. 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
Duncan Seedy Sunday 
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 10 am-2 pm
Location: 5574 River Road, Duncan, BC

Tree Biology Workshop
Join ISA Certified Arborist and Urban Forester Todd Gesshe for this day-long workshop on basic tree biology, fruit tree health, philosophy of pruning, and hands-on pruning procedures
Date: Saturday, February 18, 9 am - 3:30 pm 
(Please bring your lunch. Tea will be provided.)
Location: 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Cost:  $35 for CGC Members, $40 for General public
Pre-registration is required.
Class is limited to 25 participants.
Register at the Garden Pantry Store, 360 Duncan Street
For more information please contact or call 250.748.8506

Saanich Seedy Saturday
Date: January 14
Time: 10 am- 2 pm
Location: Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road.
*$5 entrance fee

Maple Syrup Festival
Date: February 4 & 5
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Location: BC Forest Discovery Centre
Dine Cowichan 2017
Date: Feb 24-March 12
Location: at participating restaurants

Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday
Date: February 4
Time: 10 am-3:30 pm
Location: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre

Salt Spring Island Seedy Saturday
Date: February 11
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Famers' Institute, 351 Rainbow Road

Victoria Seedy Saturday 
Date: February 18
Time: 10 am- 4 pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
Thank Yous
  • Thank you to Veridian Energy Co-operative for their $10,000 donation which will go towards the installation of solar panels on The Station at 360 Duncan Street
  • Big thank you to Patrick of Cowichan Recyclists for his dedication and kind smile
  • From our POW program, a big thanks to Lynda Diamond, Betty Worth, Virginia Valle, Queen Margaret’s School, Cowichan Secondary School for all your contributions 
  • Della Rice for leading participants and staff on consistently amazing nature walks
  • Adrian and Whelm at Raincoast Aquaponics for hosting a tour and Q&A regarding aquaponics
  • Foster, Carly, and Jonah at the CGC's Incubator Seed Farm, for conducting interesting and informative tours
  • Mark Berge at OUR Ecovillage, for guiding participants through a great day of tours, learning, and yummy food
  • Joy Nolette with Dive Into Dough for teaching us to bake bread!
  • Christine Pollard, a stellar volunteer with more knowledge than most of our staff; for the horticulture therapy workshops
  • Louise Nadeaux for sharing your kitchen, knife, and chicken processing workshops with us
  • Barry O' Riordan with the Duncan Farmer's Market for partnering with the SkillsLink participants as they polled customers on food security
  • Linda Hill with the Inclusive Leadership Cooperative for showing participants how to be inclusive leaders
  • Jennifer Smith with Safer Food Education for generously rescheduling classes for us
  • Royce and Chris Warren for their generous donation of seed garlic to KinPark Urban Farm
  • John Stevenson for his volunteering with the Cow-op
  • Chris Beech for his volunteering with the Cow-op
  • Queen Margaret's School for manure at KinPark Urban Farm
  • Reber Design for their in-kind farm map design and help with the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm 
  • Jeff Maciejko for help with the farm map online portal

And a big thank you to all our donors!
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