Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm


The Cowichan Valley will soon be home to the first of its kind Seed Incubator Farm. Based on the successful ‘Incubator DSC_0753-minFarm’ model that has been implemented in numerous places to train new farmers, the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm (CISF) will be the first to focus specifically on training new seed farmers.

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 that the Cowichan Green Community is intent on addressing.

Located on North Cowichan land on Beverly Street next to Alexander Elementary, the Incubator Farm team has begun restoring and enhancing a once prime agricultural site. The project goal is recreate a beautiful and productive space that will serve as a community seed bank and regional centre for seed education and training.

Please contact Foster Richardson at or tel 250.748.8506




Meet with Incubator Seed Farm Team




Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Foster planted his first pack of beans over 10 years ago and hasn’t let up since. Following a degree at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and a 3-year stint farming in the Comox Valley, Foster is thrilled to be back home working on the first of its kind Incubator Seed Farm.



After spending much of his young adult life in the Kootenays, Jonah returned to the Island in search of a place that felt like “home”, and the Cowichan Valley is that place. Jonah’s desire to reconnect with the earth, and his belief in the importance of a strong local community drew him to the CGC and the Seed Incubator Farm project. He hopes to learn as much as possible during his time with the CGC, and make use of that knowledge in a way that will benefit the local community.



Paula is a certified Herbalist who has lived in the Cowichan Valley for the past 20 years. She carries a BSc in Horticulture from McGill University and played a role in creating the Organic Garden Centre in Victoria. She is passionate about local food sustainability and is excited to part of such a great program.



After graduating from the Environmental Technology Program at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., Debra moved to the Cowichan Valley. The idea was to raise her two sons in a more wholesome setting and to get away from the fast pace of the “city life”. A life-long learner, nature lover and admirer of bees, she is in her element in the Cowichan Valley. She is delighted and excited to be a part of the food security mandate of the Cowichan Green Community (CGC).



Hailing from the Hammer (Hamilton, ON), Karen began their adventure west in 2014.  Making connections through music and activism, they started laying down roots in the Valley.  The CGC provided a safe haven for them, providing the space and opportunity to develop their curiosities into aspirations.  From Skills Link to the Incubator Seed Farm project, Karen is thrilled to pursue a path in agriculture.



Duncan Incubator Farm Starting to Grow- Cowichan Valley Citizen

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 communityProvince of British Columbia 


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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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