The Future of Food is Growing


Cowichan Green Community Society, (CGC) is a non-profit organization that has been focusing on environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Region since 2004. For the last six years CGC’s mandate has revolved mainly around improving food security by developing strong relationships with local food producers and increasing urban and rural food production. CGC is a community leader, creating and supporting a future where our foundation is built on health and well-being; our environment, economy and social fabric are resilient, inclusive and vibrant; we celebrate our connection to the earth and to each other; and all persons are valued equally.

CGC is also a hub for social innovation, community engagement and community building; nurturing the relationships between ourselves and our environment. CGC creates positive change through education, regenerative projects, and celebration. CGC’s Guiding Principles are evident in all of the work that we do: we value inclusion, intention, diversity, collaboration, and environmental reverence. Our food security projects include the creation of food policy documents such as the Cowichan Food Charter and the Cowichan Food Security Plan, projects like FruitSave – a fruit gleaning project- and community gardens. We also run educational programs like SkillsLink Let’s Chop It Up! (see video below), and organize Seedy Saturdays to promote the role of agriculture in local community.

 

Project News

  • Before Your Plate

    Before Your Plate The Before Your Plate program is currently running its First Term, from September 20th to December 23rd, 2016. Applicants interested in applying for Term Two (January 9th, 2017 to April 14th, 2017) may begin applying in December. Befo …

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  • Preserving Our Wisdom

    Preserving Our Wisdom: Combining the lost art of food preservation with food reclamation Did you know it is illegal for grocery stores in France to throw out edible food? If caught doing so, fines are high and could even land you a 2-year prison term. …

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    Incubator Seed Farm

    Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm   The Cowichan Valley will soon be home to the first of its kind Seed Incubator Farm. Based on the successful ‘In cubator Farm’ model that has been implemented in numerous places to train new farmers, the Cowichan Incu …

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Upcoming Events

    • Agricultural Land Leasing Workshop

      Saturday, January 14, 2017
      An interactive information session for land owners interested in leasing out their own agricultural land and for farmers or prospective farmers/producers seeking to lease land for agricultural purposes. The workshop is designed to provide guidance and information about lease considerations, managing the risks and understanding property tax and income tax implications. Presenters: Chris Henderson, Chartered Accountant; Howard Joynt, Professional Agrologist.
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    • Duncan Seedy Sunday

      Sunday, March 19, 2017
      Cowichan Green Community is 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). An...
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