Ceres Landscaping Team

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Nora Arajs

Nora moved to the Cowichan Valley from Victoria three years ago to pursue her interest in organic agriculture and permaculture. Deeply interested in food resiliency, permaculture, and seed production, she has a Permaculture Design Certificate and is an Organic Master Gardener. Her professional background includes expertise in film production, communications, marketing, online education, and project management. She is excited about developing a deeper connection to the community through the creation of edible landscapes – small and large.


Position: Manager, Ceres Edible Landscaping

Email: nora@cowichangreencommunity.org


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Cyle Serra

Cyle has been getting his hands dirty since before he could walk. His Italian grandparents are urban farmers in Toronto and they inspired him to peruse a career in Edible Horticulture. Growing up on Saltspring Island and schooling in Victoria, he is a recent addition to the Cowichan gardening community. Cyle is excited to hone his horticulture craft amongst the plethora of passionate plant people in the valley.


Position: Landscaper

Email: cyle@cowichangreencommunity.org


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Erin Ward

Erin loves the Cowichan Valley and is excited to be part of creating landscapes that include food plants and food forests that are modeled from ecological processes. She loves talking about plants and soils and is keen to contribute to the growing community awareness and education on local food. Her Diploma in Organic Land Care, degree in Geography/Ecological Restoration and background in environmental stewardship projects is a great asset to her work with CGC.  Erin is grateful to be working for such an amazing organization!  


Position: Landscaper

Email: ceres@cowichangreencommunity.org


Project News

  • Before Your Plate

    Before Your Plate The Before Your Plate program is getting ready to run its Second Term from January 10th to April 13th, 2017. Interviews are still taking place until January 10th. Applicants interested in applying can contact Alyssa Loucks at alyssa@c …

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Upcoming Events

    • Organic Master Gardener Course

      Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Thursday, May 18, 2017
      Organic Master Gardener in Duncan! CGC will host this dynamic 8-week course from Gaia College March 28 - May 18 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings). Learn the foundations of organic land care - topics include: soil biology, botany, composting, soil fertility, waterwise gardening, permaculture, garden installation, tree pruning, landscape health, and garden design. Be prepared for a paradigm shift! Tuition: $695 + GST Space is limited, register early! Register at the Garden Pantry Store, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. There will be a FREE information session on Monday March 14th at 6:00 pm at CGC. For more information call Nora at 250.748.8506
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