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May 2016

A bounty of farm and food resources
CGC was honoured to kick-off the month of May by participating in the Taste of Spring fundraiser. This event, which raised nearly $4,000.00 for CGC's teaching kitchen, brought together the culinary expertise of five local chefs who prepared an amazing menu of local dishes, paired with local wines and beverages. We are so grateful to Bill Jones, the Cowichan Chefs' Collaborative, the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, Ron Bogdonov, and donors who organized this fundraiser for CGC. It was the perfect way to start a new month!

The rest of May promises to be equally as exciting. Each week we will host a separate event. From Chill Fest, a Youth Dance, supporting Cow-op to host a Farmers' Market Picnic, to our Annual General Meeting, there will be ample ways for our community to connect, enjoy local food, pick-up a copy of the 2016 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Farm Map (hot off the press!), and to learn more about our work in the community.

As we lead up to these events, particularly our Annual General Meeting, we would like to put a call out for volunteers interested in joining CGC's Board of Directors. If you like what CGC has been up to and are interested in getting more involved with the organization, please contact Nadeane Nelson, CGC's Vice-President at CGC's dynamic board meets once per month on the 3rd Wednesday evening.

Lastly, CGC would like to share information on an exciting event that some of our community partners are organizing. This July, Cobble Hill will be home to the Vancouver Island Homesteaders Fair. Taking place on the weekend of July 16th and 17th at the Cobble Hill Hall, this event will feature local vendors, workshops, and activities all dedicated to the art of rural and urban homesteading. The event organizers are currently looking for guest presenters interested in sharing their knowledge and skills. If you have a skill that you'd like to share, such as canning, small engine repair, or animal husbandry, please contact

In gratitude,
CGC Team
The Farm Maps have Arrived!

Savour the flavour of fresh, local fare! The 7th edition of the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Farm Map (BLBF) is here! Spanning Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo, this annual guide has been helping Cowichan residents and visitors to the region, search out Cowichan-grown food, drink, and value-added products since its inception. Click here to view the online map.
2016 CSA's & CSF's

Each year, CGC is asked to put together a list of Cowichan-based Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and harvest box initiatives. Accordingly, we have compiled a brief listing of the CSA and box programs that we are aware of. This list of fifteen businesses retails products as diverse as garden and farm produce, seafood, and flowers. Happy eating! Click here to read the full list.
Get Involved
  • Purchase your membership online today or at our AGM on May 24th.
  • Join our volunteer FruitSave harvest team.
  • 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
Registration for the KinPark Kid's Summer Camps is open.

KinPark Kid’s Camp is preparing for another awesome summer of gardening, growing and cooking fun! Registration is now open. To register, call Alyssa or Jennifer at 250-748-8506, email camp@cowichangreencommunity, or visit Cowichan Green Community’s Garden Pantry Store on 360 Duncan Street. Click here for the Registration Package to print your form to fill out at home, and deliver to the Garden Pantry Store, or scan to

For the full schedule, click here to check-out our website.
Upcoming Events

Chill Fest (May 7). 11am-3pm at the KinPark Youth Urban Farm on Alderlea Street, Duncan. Cowichan Green Community and Canadian Mental Health Association are hosting a second Chill Fest to celebrate Mental Health Awareness week. A variety of community organizations will be present to run fun activities, games, music, dancing, and free food! Read more...

Let's Dance! - A Fundraiser Dance (May 14). 7:30pm-10pm at the Duncan Showroom (131 Station Street). This dance is for youth ages 13-18. There will be a live DJ, young musicians, games, and a concession. The dance will raise funds for the Cowichan Green Community's Youth Outreach Team. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Garden Pantry Store (360 Duncan Street) or at the door at the Duncan Showroom. Read more...

Cow-op online Farmers' Market throws a Picnic (May 19). 4:30pm-7pm at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan. Enjoy good country cooking, roast chicken, salads, homemade pies, tea, coffee and more. Wander our unique mini farmers’ market and get to know your farmers. The family-friendly event will feature live music from the Twisted Vine String Band and Andrew McCormack. Admission is free, with dinner by donation. Read more...

CGC's Annual General Meeting (May 24). 4:30pm-7:30pm at the Duncan Christian Reformed Church (930 Trunk Road). Not your typical AGM, this year's event will feature Transition Cowichan's Local Food Potluck (please bring a dish to share) and a presentation by Sebastien Martin of Wedderspoon and Folki Farm. Read more...

Edible Garden Tour (July 9). Tour edible gardens throughout the Cowichan Region in this day-long self guided tour. Tickets go on-sale in mid-May. 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

Coming Alive! Bringing Hearts and Hands Together for the Great Turning!
Dates: Begins Tues., May 3rd (free intro session), then weekly May 10 to June 21
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: CGC's Board Room, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Cost: $60
For more information contact Joy Emmanuel at

Low Tide Day
Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 10:30am-early afternoon
Location: Kil-Pah-Las Beach at the east end of Cowichan Bay Village
More information: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 250-597-2288

Mother's Day Farm Fresh Menu at Alderlea Farm
Date: Sunday, May 8
Time: Contact for reservations
Location: Alderlea Farm & Cafe, 3390 Glenora Road, Duncan
Contact: 250-597-3438 or

Cowichan Tribes Elders Gathering Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: Doors at 4pm; Dinner at 5pm.
Location: Quw'utsun' Cultural Conference Center, 200 Cowichan Way, Duncan
Cost: $50, (some tickets available at Garden Pantry Store (360 Duncan Street)
Contact: Debra Toporowski, 250-715-7318

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

For Rent

Ground level suite in Cowichan Station - 2 bedroom, very nicely appointed suite is available, with possibility of 3 bedroom upstairs for rent. Looking for like minded renters who would like to share the vegetable garden, raspberries and fruit trees. Please contact Dorothea and Irvin Banman
250 748 7124.

For Sale

Moble Home for sale on Northgate Road - A gardener’s delight in Burnum Mobile Home park. Developed with support from CGC Ceres Landscaping and Joy Story of Grow Food Network. Fully organic, privatized, established vegetable, herb, flower gardens, composting system, five fruit trees, 2 grape arbors and fig tree. Priced to sell and recently renovated with upgraded appliances included. To view or for further information please contact Susan Williams of Pemberton Holmes at 250-732-6343 or For YouTube Tour 2015
Thank yous
  • Bill Jones, Jeff Downie and the team at the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, Ron Bogdonov, Ian Blom, Dan Hudson, Fatima da Silva, Marisa Goodwin for hosting and preparing the amazing Taste of Spring menu. 
  • Thank you to all the local businesses who donated food and silent auction items to the Taste of Spring fundraiser: Christy Greenwood, Cascara Design, Emandare Vineyard, Cheers Cowichan Tour, Ceres Edible Landscaping, Red Arrow Brewery, Wee Chip Cowichan, Spring Hill Farm, Nadeane Nelson, Blue Grouse Winery, Cherry Point Estate Wines, Unsworth Vineyards, Ampersand Distilling Company, Cowichan Pasta, Dragonfly Farm, Crawford Farm, Green Fire Farm, Raincoast Aquaponics, and Happy Goat Farm. Your contributions made for a delicious and successful fundraiser for CGC's teaching kitchen.
  • Thank you to all the guests who attended the Taste of Spring fundraiser for coming out to support CGC's teaching kitchen.
  • Anne Radford for making cookies (inspired by the recipe from the KinPark Kids Camp cook book) for our store volunteers and patrons. 
  • Harold Steves and Richrad Bullock for traveling from Vancouver to Duncan to share their experience in and recommendations for maintaining agricultural and food lands in the Province of BC. Your words fell on receptive ears:) 
  • Lastly, we would like to send a special shout-out to Wayne Haddow, who recently retired from his position as a Regional Agrologist with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. CGC would like to thank Wayne for his years of service and his commitment to local food. We wish you the best of luck on this new adventure!
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