Cowichan Farm Hub, formerly known as the Garden Education Centre, is a three-acre certified-organic community farm located beside Somenos Creek on the ancestral territory of the Quw’utsun Nation. The Farm Hub is home to a plant nursery, specializing in native and medicinal plants and vegetable seedlings. It is a place to purchase plants that bring restoration to the region as well as the body. We focus on education through welcoming volunteers, hosting workshops and gardening alongside the community.
The Farm Hub is also the site of the CGC’s Seed Farm. We grow certified organic crops specifically for seed production, and strive to educate farmers and community members on the importance of locally adapted, open-sourced seed. We have a beautiful variety of vegetable, grain, pulse and flower seeds available for sale. We have seed packets for home gardeners, as well as bulk quantities for farm scale. Stay tuned for our 2022 Seed Catalogue!
Also on the site is the Ross Wristen Inclusion Garden, a communally tended market garden that is set up to make gardening more comfortable, inclusive and accessible. In addition to our communal garden, we offer individual garden plots and raised, wheelchair-accessible planter boxes for independent gardening. CGC’s Inclusive Farming Program supports individuals with disabilities develop gardening skills, with funding support from the Victoria Foundation.
Cowichan Farm Hub is also home to the Cowichan Regional Seed Bank, Seed Library and Agricultural Equipment Library.
Come on by to check out our plants and seeds for sale, take a tour of the farm and ask your gardening questions! We are open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Find us at 2431 Beverly St.
Cowichan Community Seed Library
The Community Seed Library is an offering to the community, connecting local growers with locally adapted seeds. We invite all community members to contribute local non-GMO seeds, and also to come and take seeds to grow out in their gardens! This is a great opportunity to support local seed sovereignty, and increase the collective seed bank. A local food revolution begins with seeds!
Cowichan Farm Hub Seed Catalogue 2022
Fostering food security and resiliency in the Cowichan Valley starts with a seed. Using permaculture techniques, we produce seeds specifically climatized to thrive in this area. You’ll find organic heirloom and heritage varieties of seeds that are difficult to find elsewhere. The Cowichan Farm and Food Hub is committed to teaching members of our community to grow and harvest their own food. Seed saving and exchange let us all participate in a healthy, bountiful future. Find your starting seeds right here in our calendar. Your contribution and purchase directly support our programming and mission to foster a vibrant community. Happy planting!
Pick up your copy today from Cowichan Farm Hub, reFRESH Marketplace, Dinter’s, Duncan Buckerfields, and the Community Garden Centre.
You can also find a copy online here: Seed Catalogue 2022
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 community– Province of British Columbia