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    All you need to know about GMOs

    The following articles explore GE Foods through the lenses of agriculture, science, politics, and business. Decisions, whether at a federal level, or in your own kitchen, require a broad understanding of the subject, and these articles are a start in that direction: Local MP Jean Crowder: Analysing the Effects of GE Seeds Local MP Jean Crowder speaks at the House of Commons, in favour of the NDP bill to analyse the... Union of Concerned Scientists: Current Uses of Biotechnology in Agriculture The Union of Concerned Scientists, founded at MIT, is a science-based non profit organization... Farmer to Farmer: The Truth...


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    Food Forestry Handbook

    Inspired to install a food forest in your backyard? urban property? farm? balcony? Food forests principals can be applied in all places big and small, urban and rural. CGC created a handbook to help you get started. Check it out to learn how to build backyard food forests and find recipes for food forest fruits. Need help to install a food forest? CGC’s Ceres Edible Landscaping offers consultation, installation and maintenance services to create food forests and other edible landscapes.


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    Growing Connections Handbook

      With an increasing number of farms in the Cowichan Region, and an increasing priority to shop locally, strategies are needed to help connect farmers and purchasers to capitalize on market opportunities. Growing Connections: a handbook for purchasers & farmers in the Cowichan Region is designed to help farmers and purchasers navigate the local food supply chain and strengthen the local food economy. Growing Connections is a resource for farmers, chefs and retails purchasers, including vegetable agencies, distributors, wholesalers, grocery stores and harvest box programs. The handbook encompasses 5 sections Understanding the purchaser – Designed for farmers, this section details...


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    Cowichan Food Charter

    A food charter is a statement of values and principles that guide decision-making and orient council policy towards food security. A growing number of communities across BC and Canada – from small municipalities like Saanich, Salmon Arm, and Kaslo, to major cities like Vancouver and Toronto – are officially adopting their own food charters to support the development of sustainable and socially just local food systems. The Cowichan Food Charter (the Charter), was developed in 2007 by the Cowichan Food Security Plan’s (PDF) original Steering Committee and updated in 2009 with input from the community. On Monday, January 18th, 2010,...


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Project News

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    KinPark Family Drop-In

    KinPark Family Drop-In In the fall of 2014, the Cowichan Green Community opened the KinPark Family Drop-In at KinPark Youth Urban Farm. Part of a two-year grant from Community Action Initiative, the focus of the Drop-In is to provide a fun, engaging pl …

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Upcoming Events

    • Ag Cafe

      Wednesday, December 9, 2015
      Introducing AgCafe, a chance to sit back, have a cuppa, and chat with other farmers about issues and experiences that concern you such as... Water, finances, crop successes (and failures), new and heritage breeds, new tools and equipment, tool and...
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