The Garden Education Centre is a three-acre organic community farm located beside Somenos Creek on the ancestral territory of the Quw’utsun Nation. The Garden Ed Centre 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 Garden Ed Centre 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. Check out our 2020 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.
The Garden Ed Centre 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 Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 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 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