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, responsibility, commitment, positive solutions, 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 workshops, host the Seeds for Change Speaker Series, and organize Seedy Saturdays to promote the role of rural and urban agriculture in our community’s resilience and sustainability.

Project News

  • Community Urban Food Forest

    Urban Food Forest Farewell – July 2014

    Memoirs from a Food Forest The hills are alive with the sound of ‘food foresters’ celebrating the fruition of an amazing food forest project. The time has come to run through the CGC’s community food forest and sing joyfully, while picking strawberries …

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  • Sharing Our Seed Stories

    Sharing Our Seed Stories

    Sharing Our Seed Stories “Sharing Our Seed Stories” is an exciting new project of the Cowichan Green Community designed to document the historical seed saving practices of the Cowichan Region and share this knowledge with the greater community. With fu …

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  • CGC Community Urban Food Forest Update

    Urban Food Forest Update June 2014

    All hands on deck! There’s excitement in the air around the food forest as we make our last good effort installing trees, understory and art in anticipation of our June 28th opening. It’s quite a delight to connect with local nurseries, including the w …

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Upcoming Events

    • Work Party Wednesdays

      Work Party Wednesdays

      Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
      We are looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesday at CGC's 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...
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    • Cowichan Community Culinary Festival

      Cowichan Community Culinary Festival

      Saturday, October 4, 2014
      As part of the Savour Cowichan Festival, CGC is partnering with Cowichan Community Kitchens to host this FREE family-friendly event, Saturday, October 4th, 11am - 2pm at the Centennial Park Cob Oven. Join us for samples of local food, cooking...
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    • Organic Master Gardener course

      Organic Master Gardener course

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Saturday, December 6, 2014
      Once again CGC is partnering with Gaia College to offer this in-depth and dynamic course to the Cowichan Region. Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it...
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Don’t forget to view our full listing of events and workshops.