Food Recovery Project – January to October 2018

The Cowichan Green Community has received funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to initiate a food recovery project.

With the assistance of 4 participants, this project will establish a food recovery system to reclaim unwanted and destined for the landfill food and into a variety of other more sustainable streams including re-distribution, processing, compost and animal feed.

Through the development of a strong community network of food producers, social media and innovation, this project aims to broadcast the availability and location of edible food so that it may be shared with those in need within the local community.

This project will also create a series of value added products as a stepping stone to creating a self-sustaining social enterprise.

For more information, or if you are interested in helping provide equipment, resources or your time, please contact Nathan the project supervisor at or contact us directly at the Cowichan Green Community at 250 748 8506

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The Cowichan Food Recovery Project is making great progress!

Our team has changed: Jan MacKirdy has been promoted to Manager of CGC’s Ceres Edible Landscaping and Dennis Jess is now working for the Ministry of Agriculture.

They have been replaced by John Stewart and Nanita Nair.

New to the Cowichan Region, John grew up on the shores and amongst the forests that surround Lac La Ronge in Northern Saskatchewan. For the past five years John coordinated a variety of programming with a charitable organization, aiming to improve the state of Food Security in core neighbourhoods of Saskatoon. He managed a one-of-a-kind, land-based urban agricultural internship for First Nations & Metis youth. Incorporating cultural learnings and works to explore traditional food systems in the context of the current, industrialized food system was John’s focus for the past two seasons. Excited to be part of CGC, he brings his passion, education, and experience to this project.

Since completing her Bachelors in Business from Royal Roads University, Nanita has moved back to the Cowichan Valley and onto a hobby farm with her family. She owns a small business, working with local farmers promoting the purchase and consumption of locally grown and prepared meals. Nanita has joined the team to raise awareness for and limit the amount of food waste in our beautiful community.
Here are a few of the program updates:
The Food Recovery Project will have an information booth at the Homesteading Fair in Cobble Hill on May 5th & 6th and is planning a cask night fundraiser in August with the Red Arrow Brewing Company. We are making beer from leftover bread & calling it OW! – Otherwise Wasted! Date and time to be confirmed.
The project is close to obtaining a distribution site in order to start a pilot project in July. The plan is to start small, work out the kinks, have everything running smoothly, and launch full bore by October.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District Grants in Aid generously donated $40,000 for a vehicle that will be used to transport product to and from the distribution centre.
The lovely CGC supporter, Sandy McPherson, donated $10,000 for the Food Recovery Project. Thank you, Sandy!
We challenge you residents of our beautiful valley and beyond, to match this generous donation with one of your own. Please help us – in-kind or cash – to divert to people, animals or compost – all the food currently going to the landfill. No one need go hungry …
For more information or to donate, please contact us via our website address: or send an email to any one of us on the team: nanita, nancy, john, nathan or




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