“Providence Farm is one of the true gems of the Cowichan Valley. Having celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2014, they’re a historical one as well.
The farm started with the Sisters of St. Ann who agreed to use the farm for additional programming with Mental Health BC to create job opportunities through horticultural therapy. That grew into many different facets including small engine mechanics, wood work, art, textiles and kitchen programming, just to name a few.
The agricultural side of the farm is now functioning as a social enterprise which also houses and trains interns; although it isn’t uncommon for volunteers and staff to pitch in during harvesting, planting or cutting back blackberries.
With one greenhouse for plant sales and two others for planting into the ground, the farm sells plants and starts, fresh produce, herbs, berries and eggs through an 18 week, market-style CSA, at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, Chemainus Market, and onsite in their General Store.
The General Store is open Friday & Saturday from 10am to 5pm during the winter season, and will be open Tuesday to Sunday at the same times. Not only will you find their fresh farmed goods there, but also a variety of other items including wood work by their Furniture Shop, herbs from the nursery, wool products from their very own sheep made through the Textiles Program, lavender products and jams made from farm produce by the seniors in the St. Ann’s Garden Club, frozen farm produce & soups from the Kitchen Program as well as farm fashions from their onsite Thrift Store.
Visit the farm and become inspired by the beautiful landscape, curious animals and the friendly and welcoming staff, volunteers and program participants.
Whether you purchase a bag of kale at the Market, or buy a membership into their CSA, it’s clear you’re not just supporting a farm, but an entire community.”
Whether you purchase a bag of kale at the Market, or buy a membership into their CSA, it’s clear you’re not just supporting a farm, but an entire community.