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.
For more information, or if you are interested in helping provide equipment, resources or your time, please contact Nathan the project supervisor at email@example.com or contact us directly at the Cowichan Green Community at 250-748-8506.
The Cowichan Food Recovery Project is making great progress!
reFRESH Cowichan is Nathan Harben, Nancy Rizk, Marcia Forst, Nanita Nair, and John Stewart.
With a background in marine biology, Nathan originally set out to work solely within marine conservation but since moving to the island 5 years ago, he has developed a new passion for sustainable farming and the Cowichan region. He now owns and runs ‘Local Forage Farm’ in Glenora that focusses on ethically raised animals and an abundance of fruit and vegetables. He has also networked within the community and worked at a number of local farming businesses including Averill Creek Vineyards, Evening Cove Oysters, The Happy Goat Cheese Company, to name a few. Nathan’s new position within the food recovery team aligns his need to connect with community and move towards a more secure and sustainable food system.
Nancy enjoys preparing tasty, healthy food and serving it in an attractive way. Her background is in administration and management and she has coordinated various projects in the Cowichan Valley. These skills have been used to bring food and people together. The previous projects expanded her talents to include organizing volunteers and encouraging them to develop their own sense of helping their community. Along with related academic studies, her experience has opened her eyes to those in need in relation to the vast amounts of available, yet currently inaccessible quality food.
Marcia is a recent addition to the Cowichan Region, having come from the lovely Sunshine Coast. Marcia is a passionate gardener and cook who at one time owned an award winning restaurant that served organic produce from their 18,000 square foot garden. Having grown up in a community that canned, froze and foraged, she is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to food security in this community.
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.
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.
For more information or to donate, please contact us via our website address: https://cowichangreencommunity.org/project/food-recovery-project/ or send an email to any one of us on the team:
nanita, nancy, john, nathan or firstname.lastname@example.org
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