Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm


The Cowichan Valley will soon be home to the first of its kind Seed Incubator Farm. Based on the successful ‘Incubator DSC_0753-minFarm’ model that has been implemented in numerous places to train new farmers, the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm (CISF) will be the first to focus specifically on training new seed farmers.

A secure, diverse, and regionally adapted seed supply is essential to a community’s food security. The loss of seed diversity,
localized production, and the skills and knowledge
to produce this supply is a challenge that the Cowichan Green Community is intent on addressing.

Located on North Cowichan land on Beverly Street next to Alexander Elementary, the Incubator Farm team has begun restoring and enhancing a once prime agricultural site. The project goal is recreate a beautiful and productive space that will serve as a community seed bank and regional centre for seed education and training.

Please contact Foster Richardson at or tel 250.748.8506

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Meet with Incubator Seed Farm Team




Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Foster planted his first pack of beans over 10 years ago and hasn’t let up since. Following a degree at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and a 3-year stint farming in the Comox Valley, Foster is thrilled to be back home working on the first of its kind Incubator Seed Farm.





After graduating from the Environmental Technology Program at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., Debra moved to the Cowichan Valley. The idea was to raise her two sons in a more wholesome setting and to get away from the fast pace of the “city life”. A life-long learner, nature lover and admirer of bees, she is in her element in the Cowichan Valley. She is delighted and excited to be a part of the food security mandate of the Cowichan Green Community (CGC).






Duncan Incubator Farm Starting to Grow- Cowichan Valley Citizen

Cowichan Incubator Farm Grow Opportunities for New Farmers Island Coastal Economic Trust

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 communityProvince of British Columbia 


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