Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm


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 Foster Richardson at or 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 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).



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 the Cowichan Green Community has been a goal of Kat’s for years. Becoming our new Farm Intern 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 communityProvince of British Columbia 


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