Cowichan Food Security Coalition

With the goal of increasing regional dialogue between food security practitioners in the Cowichan Region and establishing a platform whereby regional policy and food projects can be incubated and developed, the Coalition now meets once per month to address these objectives. The Coalition’s membership includes representatives from an array of professional backgrounds – from nutritionists, business owners to community gardeners – and their diverse perspectives on local food matters creates for rich dialogue. Membership is free and is open to anyone interested in working towards a food secure Cowichan.

The Coalition’s current work includes the development of an annual Food Security Report Card. An assessment of the health of the Cowichan Region’s food system, the Report Card’s Goal is to highlight some of the challenges and successes of our food system so that points for regional dialogue and action can be identified. Members are also interested in addressing food waste and are exploring ideas and projects that the Coalition could host or partner on.

History

During the initial development of the Cowichan Food Security Plan (2007), the project’s Steering Committee recognized a need for a local coalition of individuals involved in food security work in the Cowichan Region. Through networking and information-sharing, this coalition could increase communication around food security issues in the community and work to implement some of the Plan’s recommended actions including:

  1. Develop and promote the Cowichan Food Charter;
  2. Organize educational opportunities for the residents of the Cowichan Region to kick-start household-level food production and processing;
  3. Encourage gardening and other food production activities at the individual, household, and community levels;
  4. Establish a food security research program to identify ways of increasing food security;
  5. Advocate for policies that enhance food security and lobby against policies that undermine it; and
  6. Develop a plan to support local farmers.

From 2008-2010, the Coalition was hosted by the Cowichan Green Community (CGC) and its members worked collaboratively on several food security projects including the Cowichan Food Charter. This widely successful statement of values and principles was adopted and signed by local, provincial, and federal political representatives, Malahat First Nation, and many individuals and businesses throughout the Region, and stands to guide decision-making and orient local policy towards food security.

From 2010 to 2013, the Coalition took a break as other community projects took priority. However, in October 2013, the Coalition was revived and its active membership meets once per month to work on collaborative projects and actions.

For more information on the Coalition’s current projects, to learn how to get involved, or for the meeting schedule please email: info@cowichangreencommunity.org.

Cowichan Food Security Coalition meetings will be held in the Cowichan Green Community Board Room (360 Duncan Street) from 12- 1:30 PM monthly as listed:
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Thursday, August 17,2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
All are welcome to join!

 

Previous Report Cards

2014– Food Security Report Card

 

Project News

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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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