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

  • KinPark Kids Camp

    KinPark Kids Camp

    Book now for CGC’s 2015 KinPark Kids Camp! Join us for another fun-filled summer where you can learn how to grow, cook, and eat fresh grown food, learn about bees, recycling, and the environment, play in the park, and make friends. More about KinPark K …

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    Cowichan Agriculture Training Program

    Cowichan Agriculture Training Program The Cowichan Green Community was thrilled to launch the Cowichan Agriculture Training program in April, 2015! This innovative one year program will provide participants with the opportunity to learn a wide spectrum …

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    Cowichan Lake Community Garden

    Cowichan Lake Community Garden The Cowichan Green Community (CGC) has been contracted by Island Health to design and build a community garden with local volunteers. The project is in partnership with the Town of Lake Cowichan and was spearheaded by Cou …

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Upcoming Events

    • Work Party Tuesdays

      Work Party Tuesdays

      Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - Tuesday, May 26, 2015
      @ the Urban Food Forest   We are looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Tuesdays 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...
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    • KinFarmin' Fun Weekly Work Party!

      KinFarmin' Fun Weekly Work Party!

      Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Thursday, May 26, 2016
      Release some stress by pulling weeds and planting seeds at our KinFarm Family Drop-in! Families and youth are welcome to check out the farm and get their hands dirty. It is a great opportunity for people to gather, relax, have...
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    • Planting a Small Food Forest - FREE Workshop

      Planting a Small Food Forest - FREE Workshop

      Saturday, May 23, 2015
      Join us at the Cowichan Lake Community Garden as we discuss the design of the food forest and plant the shrub and herb layer.  Plants popular to permaculture and those that have high nutritional value to people will also be discussed....
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