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Love Your Garden :)

Dear Readers,

February is often heralded as the month of love and romance. A time for cupid's arrow to strike, the word February evokes images of chocolates, roses, heart shaped Valentine's cards, and those tiny, yet irresistible, cinnamon heart candies! For west coast residents, these cheerful Valentine's Day sentiments can be a welcome diversion from the grey, wet weather of February.

However, this month, we thought it would be fun to embrace these two contrasts. As February is the perfect time of year to step-out into the dampness and tend to our food gardens, we're encouraging you to make a date with your garden this Valentine's Day. Whether it's a home, school, community, patio, or windowsill garden, there's a number of ways that you can display your devotion. There's no need to make your garden a card or take it to a fancy restaurant. Simple gifts, that will help pave the way to a productive growing season, will do just fine. 

Amend the soil, fix the compost bin, prune fruit trees, secure your fencing, prepare a compost tea, make a crop plan, or source your local seeds at a Seedy Saturday or Sunday.  Whatever your gift, it's bound to reward you with delicious produce. 

If you're in need of a little support or inspiration, CGC will host a number of gardening workshops and events that can assist you with taking care of your garden including a Fruit Tree Care & Pruning workshop on February 21st and a free Starting from Seed workshop in the Town of Lake Cowichan on February 28th. In addition, for those looking for a garden to tend, we host two garden work parties each week. On Wednesdays, join us at the Community Urban Food Forest in Duncan to help maintain the new gardens. Or, on Saturdays, until March 21, meet our team at the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden as we build raised beds and pathways. There's lots of fun to be had by all!
 
We wish you a very happy Valentine's Day and a joyous start to your gardening season.

In Gratitude,
CGC Team
Community Supported...Agricultural, Fishery, Floral & 

Restaurant Programs

Whether you're in the market for fresh veggies, poultry,fish, floral arrangements, or a place to dine with friends, the Cowichan Region has you covered. As the popularity of Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) programs in the Cowichan Region continues to grow, so too are the types of businesses adopting the CSA model.  Read more...


 
Ceres Edible Landscaping: Soil - key to our future

Did you know, there are more organisms in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on earth? Even though you can’t see most of it, a complex soil food web lives in your garden; it’s teaming with earthworms, mites, bacteria, fungi — all kinds of mostly microscopic, interdependent organisms that release mineral nutrients and create the loose soil structure crops need to thrive. Read more...
Cowichan Valley Co-Operative Marketplace: Set to Grow!

The recently formed Cowichan Valley Co-Operative Marketplace (CVCM) held its first AGM on Thursday, January 29th. A crowd made up of close to 40 farmers, foodies, media and sponsors were in attendance in CGC’s boardroom to listen to the history of the co-operative, recognize sponsors, join up, elect a new board and learn more about the Cowichan Region’s new online marketplace, Cow-Op.ca, set to launch in June 2015. Read more...
KinPark Youth Urban Farm & Family Drop In: 

We can hardly believe that we’re already 
at the six month mark for the KinFarm Family Drop-in! This milestone has us working hard to effectively paint a picture for our generous funders (Community Action Initiative), and for our quarter-mark evaluation. This process has made us realize how much we’ve done since the start! Read more...
Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Food Map - Calling all Cowichan Farmers and Food Producers

Last month to register! Are you a Cowichan Region farmer or food producer? Then consider listing your farm or business on this year’s Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Cowichan Food Map. 

Published annually in June, the BLBF! Cowichan Food Map is a comprehensive directory for sourcing local food; it makes food producers more visible in the region, supports their growth into the market, and links consumers to local food. The map showcases our region’s abundance of local farms, food producers, and local food events. The map is available to the public for free.

Registration is now open. If you're a local farmer or food producer and want to list your farm or business on our map, register online today.
CGC Hearts the Garden Pantry Thrift Store

For the love of local food and supporting those who grow it, CGC has a special place in its heart for the Garden Pantry Thrift Store. It’s hard to find a one stop shop where you can pick up gently used gardening tools, search for the perfect sized canning jars, select your seeds to start your garden and sign up for the next tree pruning workshop. Not to mention the store also plays the role of a community resource centre and CGC’s office reception. Read more...

 

2015 Seedy Saturday & Sundays: Seeds on Tour!


For those of you who are just as keen as we are to plan for our 2015 gardens, we've put together a list of regional Seedy Saturday and Sunday events to help you with your garden plans. If you've never experienced a Seedy Saturday or Sunday before, you're in for a real treat. Featuring a mix of local seed and plant vendors, gardening workshops, kids' activities and more, these events are like none other. Read more...
 

Cowichan Lake Community Garden: Growing in Popularity

It seems the more hard work we do on the land of the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden, the more people are getting interested and excited about it!

On January 17th and 24th our work parties spread over nine yards of manure, one yard of composted leaves/grass clippings, one yard of alder chips for the picnic area 'floor', four yards of bark mulch for the pathways, and several truckloads of leaves. Read more...

Producer Profile

Wilberry Orchard: From Field to Filberts!

 
Named after the two founding families, the Wilson’s and the Carberry’s, Wilberry Orchard, is a former dairy off Herd Road. Today, under the management of Joyce Carberry and Neil & Christine Wilson, and their two sons, this 74 acre farm produces hazelnuts and hay. Read more...
 
Save the Date

Cowichan Green Community Events & Workshops
 
 
Once again CGC is offering this very popular spring workshop. Good tree health is critical to good production in your orchard, whether it consists of 5 trees or 500 trees. 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.

To register please visit the Garden Pantry Thrifty Store at 360 Duncan Street. Payment by cash, debit, or VISA. Please register early as this workshop sells out each year! Tickets can also be purchased online.

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Cowichan Green Community, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Cost: $35 (CGC members) or $40 (general public) 
Contact: ceres@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506

 
Learn how to successfully start vegetables from seed. Growing your own food from seed is such an amazing and fun way to feed yourself. This workshop is part of the Cowichan Lake Community Garden project. 

Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 10:00am-11:00am 

Location: Cowichan Lake Recreation Arena, Curling Lounge Room, 311 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan
Cost: Free
Contact: For more info contact Erin: 250-748-8506 or erin@cowichangreencommunity.org

Duncan's 7th annual Seedy Sunday!

A time for our community to kick-off the gardening season, this event features local seed vendors, live plant and garden vendors, a seed exchange, kids’ activities, and community information booths.

In addition, this event will feature a series of seed saving and gardening workshops that are hosted by local seed and garden experts. Seedy Sunday is a welcoming environment for gardeners of all levels of experience. Admission is by donation (suggested minimum of $2.00). Children 13 years and under enter for free.

Vendor applications are now being accepted.  If you are a seed or plant vendor, we invite you to sign up online or in person.  Booths cost $30 for non-members and $25 for CGC members. 

Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Cowichan Tribes Gymnasium Si'em Lelum, 5574 River Road, Duncan
Contact: Vanessa Goodall at vanessa@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506

Sharing our Seed Stories Video Premiere

A series of 10 digital stories that document the history and knowledge of seed saving in the Cowichan Region, the premier screening of Seed Stories will be hosted at the 7th annual Duncan Seedy Sunday. Funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), this community based project engages seniors, community members, and youth interested in saving seed. Join us and learn how community members are learning to save seeds and the important knowledge to maintain them.

Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 10:15am-11:00am (screening); 11am-2pm (reception)
Location: Cowichan Tribes Gymnasium Si'em Lelum, 5574 River Road, Duncan
Contact: Vanessa Goodall at vanessa@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506
 
Growing Edible Native Plants - Free Workshop

We will introduce plants that can be propagated from the wild. Learn how to take cuttings from native plants and grow them up in pots for your garden. 

This workshop is part of the Cowichan Lake Community Garden project. 


Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 10:00am-11:00am 
Location: Cowichan Lake Recreation Arena, Curling Lounge Room, 311 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan
Cost: Free
Contact: For more info contact Erin Ward at 250-748-8506 or erin@cowichangreencommunity.org
Community Events 

The Gravel Gala
Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 6:00pm

Location: Oceanfront Suites, 1681 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay 
Cost: $100 per ticket
Tickets: Available online http://protectourfarms.ca or at Venturi-Schulze Vineyard’s wine shop, 4235 Vineyard Road, Cobble Hill, BC starting Jan 15 (open Wed to Sun 10 am to 4 pm or any day be appointment) using Visa, MasterCard, Debit, cash or cheque.

Family Free Swim
Date: Monday, February 9
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Island Savings Aquatic Centre, 2653 James Street, Duncan

Art & Science of Successful Collaboration Workshop
Date: Friday, February 13 & Tuesday, February 17
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Community Futures Cowichan, 135-3rd Street, Duncan
Cost: $175 for the two workshops 
Register: Online

Opening of Hand in Hand Thrift Shop
Date: Saturday, February 14
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location: St. John's Anglican Church, 3295 Cobble Hill Road, Cobble Hill
Contact: Trish Holland at 250-743-3095


Farmer 2 Farmer
Date: Thursday, February 19
Location: Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's Cross Road, Saanichton
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
Cost: $35 at the door (includes lunch)
Register: Online

Bonsall Creek Watershed Management Plan: 2nd Open House
Date: Thursday, February 19
Location: Fuller Lake Arena, Lower Meeting Rooms, 2876 Fuller Lake Road
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Contact: Brian Green @ 250-746-3155 or brian.green@northcowichan.ca

BC Association of Farmers' Markets Annual Conference
Date: Friday, February 20-Sunday, February 22
Location: Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, 1681 Cowichan Bay Road
Time: All Day
Cost: Please see website for details
Register: Online

2 Part Organic Gardening Classes
Date: Monday, February 23 & Wednesday February 25
Location: Cowichan Green Community Boardroom, 360 Duncan Streeet
Time: 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Cost: $20.00 per class
Registration & payment required by February 19, contact growfood@shaw.ca
or call Joy at 250-743-0414

Tiny Home Village Co-operative - Information Night
Date: Thursday, February 26
Location: Cowichan Green Community's Board Room, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: Free
More info: Tinyhomevillage@gmail.com

U2 Can Up-cycle Workshop: Used Becomes Unique
Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street
Cost: $15 each, can be purchased at the Duncan United Church office
More info: Somenos Women's Institute: 250-748-5820 (ask for Sandy)


Introduction to Compassionate Communication (NVC): Inner Freedom Part 2
Date: March 27, 28, & 29
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan
Cost: $400.00 (or $750 when you register for Part 1 & Part 2)
Register: mitch.miyagawa@gmail.com or 250-538-7696


Land Linking Workshop & Farmer Social - Comox Valley
Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm (Workshop); 6:00pm-9:30pm (Social & Potluck)
Location: Merville Community Hall, 1245 Fenwick Rd, Merville 
Contact: Moss Dance, westcoast@youngagrarians.org 

Vancouver Island Spring Farmer Mixer - Comox Valley
Date: Sunday, March 15
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Merville Community Hall, 1245 Fenwick Rd, Merville 
Contact: Moss Dance, westcoast@youngagrarians.org 

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!
 
For Rent



For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact Judy at 250-748-8506 or judy@cowichangreencommunity.org
 
Volunteer Opportunities
 

CGC is looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesdays at the 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
Location: Urban Food Forest behind CGC's office @ 360 Duncan Street, Duncan
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Contact: Erin Ward at erin@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506

Cowichan Lake Community Garden Work Parties

 

Help build the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden. Volunteers can anticipate helping to create vegetable beds, and plant fruit trees and herbs. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided.


Date: Every Saturday until March 21, 2015
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Cowichan Lake Community Gardens, 311 South Shore Road (behind the ball diamond), Lake Cowichan
Contact: Erin Ward at erin@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506
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 January:
  • Alice Marsh for joining us as a volunteer in the Garden Pantry Thrift Store.
  • Buddies Natural Pet Food for generously donating a combi-oven to CGC's Commercial Kitchen. We can't wait to fire it up!
  • Katie Gateley and Todd Bourcier for coordinating the move of the combi-oven. 
  • Cowichan Lodge for donating leaves and Notta Farm for donating manure to the Cowichan Lake Community Gardens.
  • Lakeside Dig'n Haul for driving from Lake Cowichan to Duncan to pick-up manure.
  • Lois Ozirny for the donation of china bisque to the KinFarm Drop In Centre. We look forward to painting these beautiful ceramics this spring.
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