Join us for our upcoming open house to start-up our 2019 Seed Farmer Incubation training season happening on September 28th from 6:00pm-8:00pm and September 29th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Come for a tour of our farm and an information session on what to expect from our seed farmer training program! Go to our Seed Farmer Incubation Training Open House event page for more details.
The Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm (CISF) is a growing project that addresses food security in the Cowichan Region. Located on Municipality of North Cowichan land on Beverly Street, the Incubator Farm team has been busy restoring and enhancing a once prime agricultural site.
A secure, diverse, and regionally adapted seed supply is essential to a community’s food security. The loss of seed diversity, localized production, and the skills and knowledge to produce this supply is a challenge the Cowichan Green Community is intent on addressing.
The farm serves the region not only as a centre of production and education – hosting workshops and seminars on seed production – but is home to a Community Seed Bank and Community Seed Library. The site is managed following agroecological principles and provides demonstrations of pollinator friendly landscaping, native habitat restoration, and organic production methods.
Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops, seminars, and training opportunities to be offered at the Farm, or stop in for a visit if you see an open gate.
For further information contact Kat Brust at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-748-8506.
Kat is a recent graduate from Vancouver Island University’s Horticulture Technician Foundation program. She has had a long standing passion for working with different plants, her favourite being edibles. Being born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, working for Cowichan Green Community has been a goal of Kat’s for years. Becoming a farmer for our Incubator Seed Farm is a real dream come true. Kat is excited for the opportunity to meet and work with so many inspiring people.
Cowichan Incubator Farm Grow Opportunities for New Farmers– Island Coastal Economic Trust
Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm– Valley Voice
It all starts with a seed: Cowichan Valley incubates the first of its kind seed farm– BC Food Security Gateway
Duncan Home to Canada’s First Teaching Incubator Seed Farm– Business Examiner
Ministry funding plants seeds for employment and community– Province of British Columbia