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March 2016 - A Spring in our Step!
The countdown to spring is officially on and we have lots in store this month to get you and your garden ready for another growing season.

On March 5th, Nora Arajs and David Pink, of Warmland Irrigation, will host a Water Wise Gardening Workshop. Learn from the pros and get your garden ready for dryer growing seasons. Stop by CGC's office to register today!

As well, on Sunday, March 20th, CGC will host Duncan's 8th annual Duncan Seedy Sunday. Our favourite event of the year, join us on the first day of spring for a day dedicated to the exchange and sale of local seeds and plants. This year's event will featuring 35+ local seed and garden vendors, community booths, a seed exchange, and activities for kids.

Seedy Sunday will also feature four gardening workshops hosted by local experts including: Water Wise Gardening with David Pink; Drought & Deer Tolerant Plant workshops with Joan Wynden of Garden Lore; a Plants Create Wondrous Music workshop with Devmurti Khalsa of Nature Spirit Permaculture; and Seed Saving 101 with Joy Story of Grow Food Garden Journals and Edible Garden Designs. Admission is $2. CGC members and children under the age of 13 enter for free. We look forward to seeing you there!

We wish everyone a great March and kick-start to spring.

In gratitude,
Wondrous World
of Seeds

I’ve been saving seeds since I was 4 or 5 years old, when my earliest memory of collecting seed was in my mother’s garden in the Okanagan Valley. I was mesmerized at how the nasturtium blossoms had left behind these wonderful wrinkly pods. “You can plant those next year,” mum suggested, as my little hands filled my pockets with seeds. "I can put this in the ground and more flowers will grow?" 

Seed is the source of life and key to our local food system. Learn to save seed (it’s easy for most things), purchase your seeds from local organic producers, and grow what you can for you and your family in your own garden.  One of my personal seed heroes is Dr. Vandana Shiva of Navdanya in India.  Central to Shiva’s work is the idea of seed freedom, or the rejection of corporate patents on seeds. 

Get Involved
  • Members get into Seedy Sunday for free!
  • Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at our Garden Pantry Store?
  • 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.
Upcoming Events
Water Wise Workshop (March 5) with David Pink Warmland Irrigation at Nora Arajs of Ceres Edible Landscaping. Learn from the experts to build gardens that conserve water. Read more...

Beer & Burger Fundraiser for our Youth Outreach (YO) Team! (March 19) Oak and Carridge, 3287 Cowichan Lake Road, Duncan. Tickets are $20 each and available at the Garden Pantry Store. Read more...

Duncan Seedy Sunday (March 20) 10am-2pm at the Si'em Lelum Gymnasium (5574 River Road). Workshops schedule is now online. Read more...

A Taste of Spring Fundraiser (May 1) 12pm-4pm at the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar (40 Ingram Street). Early bird tickets ($100/each) in effect until March 31. Read more...
Producer Profile: Night Song Farm

Linda Mimeault has been captivated by the plant world since she moved from the big city of Montreal to Vancouver Island almost three decades ago. Her passion for flowers began with ethnobotany, a study of how indigenous communities around the world use plants for housing, food and medicine. 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.


One Billion Rising and International Women's Day
Date: Friday, March 4
Time: 12pm
Location: City Square, Duncan
More info: Online

Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday
Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Road, Cobble Hill
Cost: Free!
Contact: Beth Lischeron @ 250-743-8036 or 

Info session - Gaia Colleges Growing Food in the City course
Date: Monday, March 14
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Halliburton Farm, 741 Halliburton Road, Saanich
More information: Online - bursary for full workshop available 

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 7pm
Location: Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St, Duncan
Cost: Free or by donation

Fracture Land - film screening
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time: 2pm
Location: Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St, Duncan
Cost: $5
Contact: Donna Cameron at

Climate Change & The Paris Agreement - presented by Elizabeth May
Date: Thursday, March 31
Location: VIU Cowichan Campus, Lecture Hall Room 140
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free!
More information:

For Rent

Farm House to rent in Cowichan Station - starting April 2, 2016. 1930s farmhouse with three bedrooms, plus a garden-level office. New double-glazed wood windows, new solid-wood kitchen cabinets, wonderful dining nook, wood floors, lots of light and beautiful views, and fireplace & heat pump. Basement with shared laundry. 1200 Sq Ft. $1400 plus utilities. Contact John & Michaela 250-748-6849 or
Thank yous
  • Louise Nadeau for volunteering her amazing culinary expertise and time in preparing the menu and breakfast at our annual Donor Breakfast. The food was delicious and we could not have done this without you.
  • Christine Pollard for creating the beautiful centrepieces for CGC's 2016 Donor Breakfast.
  • All the volunteers and table captains for helping to host CGC's 2016 Donor Breakfast
  • 8 1/2 Acres Farm, Cherry Point Estate Wines, Cowichan Valley Heritage Quilters Guild, Hope Farm, Jollity Farm, KinPark Youth Urban Farm, Paradise island Foods, Silverside Farm & Winery, Teafarm Tatlo Road Farm, The Mustard Seeds Coffee Co., The Old Farm Market, Thrifty Foods, True Grain Bread, Wilberry Orchard, and Yellow Point Cranberries for donating food to CGC's 2016 Donor Breakfast. We are humbled by your generosity. Thank you!
  • All the guests and donors who attended CGC's 2016 Donor Breakfast. Thank you for supporting our vision and joining our team for breakfast!
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