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making tradition by Eric Morten, Editor

So many opportunities. Opportunities to show, to work and play, to meet with friends and neighbours. Events like local exhibitions and fairs and groups like 4-H are the hub of our farming and gardening community. They're a place to celebrate values of the land and sufficiency. And that is a good thing to pass along generations. Farming is a tradition worth celebrating–hard work, rewards from nature, growth in spirit.

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In this issue, we're celebrating the celebrations all over the region. Read on for information about our local fairs and events and take the time to attend, meet your neighbours and friends, Meet our Agriculture Services Meet our Agriculture Services and, above all, celebrate!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Cobble Hill Fair.....................................................................................4 A Canadian Classic...............................................................................6 Cowichan Exhibition............................................................................8 Climate Change Adaptation..............................................................10 Comox Valley Exhibition....................................................................13 4-H Auction.......................................................................................14 Back Country Rendezvous.................................................................16 Tractor Safety.....................................................................................18 Vancouver Island Exhibition..............................................................20 Tea TIme.............................................................................................21 Alberni Valley Events..........................................................................22 Island Curry........................................................................................23 Day of the Honeybee.........................................................................24 Cowichan Green Community Notes..................................................26 Seed Hub............................................................................................27 Summer Camp...................................................................................28 reFresh Portal.....................................................................................29 4-H Farm Frolics.................................................................................30 Tool Library........................................................................................31


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t is our privilege to present you with110th edition of the Cobble Hill Fair. Although we are planning changes this year, it will still be an Old Fashioned Country Fair but with a twist. A variety of great entertainment is planned for the whole family so join us on Saturday, August 24th from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as we celebrate the wonderful bounty of South Cowichan. 4

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The grounds open at 7:30 a.m. Start your day with South Cowichan Rotary’s legendary pancake breakfast then watch the parade at 9:30 and view the dignitaries at the Official Fair Opening at 10. The children’s games, sheep dog trials and horse show always delight. Don’t forget to indulge in the fabulous food offerings and be sure to check out some of Cowichan’s finest photography displayed in the Youth Hall. There will be plenty of vendors on hand in the Vendor Market, and the Mill

Bay firefighters always delight in giving the next generation of volunteers a chance to demonstrate their firefighting skills. You can earn a year’s worth of bragging rights at the Fair! Check our online catalogue then follow the easy entry process to win with your handicraft, baking, needlework, field produce, flowers, pottery or poetry. You can always enter your homemade wine or many of the other categories offered at the Fair. Display with your wonderful birdhouse, hand carving or homemade wooden toy in the woodworking section to win big. What about entering that special photograph you took or try your hand at cake decorating? There are lots of categories to enter at the Fair so take this opportunity to showcase your talents. Whether your interest is in historical displays, old farm machinery, livestock, home crafts, domestic science, needlework, live stage entertainment or the horseshow, there is something for everyone at the Cobble Hill Fair. For more information go to or email queries to Mark Saturday, August 24th on your calendar.... SEE YOU AT THE FAIR! Adults: $10.00

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by Mark and Ben Cullen orothy Dobbie is a Canadian classic. An entrepreneur, Dorothy started Pegasus Publications in Winnipeg in 1996, a member of parliament in the late 80’s and early 90’s and a passionate gardener. Together with Shauna Dobbie, her daughter, Dorothy is responsible for a great Canadian book called The Book of 10 Neat Things (2). We call it “Everything you didn’t know but you need to know about plants”. It is informative and fun. Here are some highlights, with our editorial musings: Basil (Ocimum basilicum). A native of India, where it was traditionally used to treat asthma, arthritis and diabetes. Growing basil can be simple. It loves heat and sun, not too much water but it does not like to dry out either: it rehydrates badly. It is very cold sensitive, among the very first plants to succumb to fall frost. Remove flower stems before they blossom and go to seed. This will encourage young, oil-rich new growth for future use in your cooking. Basil, like verbena and geraniums, can be purchased in a variety of flavours that include lemon, cloves, peppermint, licorice and 6

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anise. It is an ambitious plant that seems unsure of what it really wants to be. We prefer plain ol’ basil. Daisies. There are many daisies and only one Shasta daisy: leucanthemum x superbum. Don’t make the mistake that Mark made for years by pronouncing the last three letters alone, as in super-bum. The correct pronunciation is superb-um. The word daisy comes from “days eye”, as in English daisies. Dandelions are members of the daisy family (they are European imports, brought here as a cheap substitute for coffee about 300 years ago). Daisy is the birth-month flower of April and the flower of the fifth wedding anniversary. It symbolizes cheerfulness, innocence, modesty, purity and sympathy. Shasta daisies, when cut in a bouquet, last a very long time, up to a couple of weeks. Our favourite variety is “Becky” as it blooms for up to 6 weeks in a sunny garden. Pick a daisy and pull the flower petals to determine if you really love someone: she loves me, loves me not. We really hope that you don’t push up daisies any time soon. An expression Ben’s grandfather used in reference to dying. Cedars. According to the book, Canadian cedars are not real cedars, they are members of the cypress family. Thuja occidentalis or white cedar is the most popular evergreen hedging plant in

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he 151st Cowichan Exhibition, which runs from Sept 6-8, 2019, will once again bring agriculture alive in the Cowichan Valley with a great line up of exhibits and entertainment. This year’s theme, “Milk and Cookies”, was selected to pay tribute to our local dairy producers. The theme was chosen last fall when the NAFTA trade talks were in full swing and our government opened the door to a small percentage of foreign dairy products. Now more than ever we are reminded of the importance of standing behind dairy producers both in this region and across the country by “keeping our milk Canadian”. Buying locally produced dairy products will ensure that we are doing our part to support our dairy farmers. Look for “the little blue cow”, the logo of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, it’s a guarantee that your purchases are made with 100% Canadian milk. Although you may associate “buying local” just with fruits and veggies, dairy products are produced in the Cowichan Valley on a daily basis! The Cowichan Exhibition is participating in the #buybc program again to showcase and bring awareness to the importance of buying local and supporting local farmers. There will be fantastic displays of products grown right here in our valley and we encourage you to share #buybc on social media. While celebrating agricultural products, the Cowichan Exhibition has decided to embrace the legalization of cannabis in Canada by adding a cannabis class at this


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year’s fair. This new class will be open to non-commercial growers who will enter three buds for judging. The buds will be judged on uniformity, texture, colour and scent. Appropriate measures will be taken to safely secure the entries. We are thrilled to welcome Eagle Eyes to the Spirit stage on Friday night, paying tribute to the incredible music of The Eagles. Eagle Eyes has taken great care and dedication to recreating the magical harmonies that The Eagles were known for and will be a great addition to our entertainment lineup. Completely Creedence will be back at the fair on Saturday night this year! If you loved Creedence Clearwater Revival in the 60’s and 70’s, you’re going to love this band! The four musicians are all veterans of the industry with incredible musical backgrounds. In keeping with the tradition of logging in the Cowichan Valley, we are hosting the “Land of Legends” Logger Sports Competition on Saturday, Sept 7th, and the always-entertaining “Laughing Loggers” show will run daily on Friday, Sept 6th, and Sunday, Sept 8th. Sunday will also feature the high-flying FMX Extreme Motocross show, a NEW event at this year’s fair, and the everpopular carnival rides from West Coast Amusements will be back. The 151st Cowichan Exhibition will surely offer something for everyone again this year. Come take in the best showcase of 4-H clubs, cattle, horses, rabbits and poultry. Stroll through Mellor Hall to see entries in field & garden produce, honey and baking. Admire what talented people of all ages submit in photography, quilting, spinning and weaving, sewing, fine arts and crafts. Want to be a part of the action? The Official Catalogue and entry forms are available online at

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Two projects, one led by the BC Forage Council and one led by the Peace River Forage Association of British Columbia, will investigate how innovations in forage management practices and technologies can improve soil health and boost yields while enhancing resilience to drought conditions and extreme rainfall. The projects, taking place in partnership with producers in the Cariboo and Peace regions, will also evaluate how these practices impact the capacity of the soil to store carbon and contribute to the removal of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) from the atmosphere. “The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program enables producers to partner with researchers to trial innovative practices on-farm that address the immediate and long-term impacts of climate change. It also assists industry associations to work proactively with producers to ensure they are resilient and profitable into the future.” says Council representative Serena Black Project work will begin in spring 2019 and run for up to four years. The University of British Columbia is leading a project – in collaboration with vegetable producers in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Kootenay & Boundary regions – where on-farm trials will be used to implement, monitor and model soil and water management practices. The project will evaluate which practices are best for long-term soil health, based on regional climate conditions and soil type, to ensure soils are more resilient to the extreme rainfall and drought conditions expected with a changing climate. “The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program supports researchers conducting applied research at the farm level. The benefit of this approach is that researchers have the opportunity to work

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Come and experience the many wonders of Comox Valley rural life! With 40 acres of developed grounds and nature park, the Comox Valley Exhibition is situated on the bank of the Tsolum River in the scenic Comox Valley. Nestled between the Beaufort Mountains and the Strait of Georgia where fertile farmlands are in abundance, the City of Courtenay, within the valley, is one of the most vibrant on Vancouver Island, Promoting local farming, the exhibition offers three days of funfilled events for all family members. You can milk a goat, race a zucchini, and watch the many farm animal shows. Check out the demonstrations, sink your teeth into a freshly made candy apple, and sit back and enjoy the lumberjack shows and non-stop entertainment.


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4-H auction time


orth Island 4-H Auction will be ordering a number of prime 4-H projects for sale to individuals and local businesses. We are asking for your support o the 4-H program with a purchase of one or more of these projects.

With your purchase, you will be supporting one of the proudest youth organizations that has been in existence for over a century. For 4-H members, this auction represents the culmination of their year in 4-H. They look forward to your support to help pay for the costs of raising and developing their projects. Proceeds from the sale of these projects will go towards feed or material costs, the purchase of another project for next year, and/or the member’s future education. The auction encourages the 4-H members to continue in the program and agriculture industry, becoming potential farm

producers and valuable community members. It also offers a unique opportunity to build a rapport with the business community.

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4-H is a national, non-profit educational organization for youth aged 6 - 25, aimed at teaching skills in areas of public speaking, leadership, community involvement, goal setting, record keeping, and project management. The club helps shape members’ attitudes, abilities, and understandings of working with others while developing confidence, pride, loyalty, and independence.

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Non-livestock projects include photography, horticulture, and sewing that rival many professional pieces sold locally!

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• Prior to the auction, all of the projects will be judged at a show held on the fairgrounds.

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he agriculture industry can be a hazardous workplace for young and seasoned workers alike. Every year, farmers and ranchers are seriously injured or killed when their tractors roll over without roll-over protective structures (ROPS). The key to safety for you and those around you is to identify and control tractor and power take-off (PTO) hazards. Here is a checklist to help with the safe operation of your farm machinery. • Ensure that everyone who operates tractors with PTOs is familiar with all machine operations and controls.


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• Ensure all shields and guards are maintained and in place and safety labels are on the equipment. • Inspect driveline guards to ensure they have not become stuck to the shaft. • Use the driveline recommended for your machine and ensure it is securely locked onto the tractor. • Stop the tractor engine and disengage the PTO while performing maintenance or attending to any issue related to a pulled implement on the machine (e.g., clogged baler).

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oin the 20,000 fair-goers who will get to experience the biggest and best event Nanaimo has to offer from August 23-25, 2019. The VIEx is proud to welcome headliners Moist on and Meghan Patrick to the mainstage. The VIEx brings agricultural awareness to the community with 4-H animal shows and livestock displays, carnival rides from West Coast Amusements, as well as live entertainment, home arts, Kids/Teen Zone, vintage tractor display, community garden, food trucks, the Laughing Logger Show... and so much more! The VIEx is more than just entertainment. It’s a festival for everyone of every age can participate. Many painstaking but loving hours go into every item and animal on display, with the hopes of encouraging others to learn different crafts and skills; and to especially excite beginners to try new things that can enhance life skills and self-sufficiency. Our Fair – YOUR fair – is a place to come with family and friends, a place to have fun and honour accomplishments. Entry fees are kept very low, as is the prize money. The intent has never been to make the winners rich by having or making the best, the biggest or the most expensive entry, but to enjoy the variety of talents and efforts put forth by our neighbours and to honour your, and your neighbours, accomplishments. We wish all exhibitors the best luck with your entries and extend an invitation to everyone to come to our Fair, view the many animals, exhibits and shows, to relax and just have fun! Gates open at 9:00 am at Beban Park Fairgrounds, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC. Visit or call 250-756-5200 to learn more.

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story & photo by Monika Vert Designs t’s official. Summer is here. Along with the hotter days comes the need to hydrate often. Water is always the best option but making water fun can be a bit of a challenge at times.

Enter iced tea. It’s a great refresher and can be taken anywhere when you’re on the run. There are so many options in the tea aisle and just as many flavor options to add the finishing touches to your brewed beverage. Grab flavours from your garden!

The steps are easy: Choose and brew your tea, flavour and chill... That’s it! Step One: Choose between black, green, rooibos or herbal tea

Step Two: Add any sweeteners or

flavourings and keep the tea chilled from this point.

tea time

Step Three:

Once you are ready to serve, simply pour over ice and garnish as desired. Simple syrup is easy to make: Dissolve one part sugar to equal part boiling water. If you prefer, use a small amount of stevia instead, or dissolve turbinado or xylitol in hot water. Or, skip the sweetener altogether. There isn’t much that can top a cold glass of iced tea on a hot, summer day. Enjoy! Ideas for flavour combinations: Black – Mango Early Grey – Citrus Herbal – Chamomile tea and organic lavender blossoms Rooibos – Hibiscus and/or berries

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Excitement! Alberni District Fall Fair September 5-8

This 74th Annual Fall Fair features attractions for the whole family, with a home show, midway, agricultural displays, livestock events and displays, logger sports, home arts exhibits, motocross, and more. The Home-Grown Grocery Event on Saturday, hosted by the Junior Fair Board, invites families to ‘shop’ for local products at mock farm stands. The event is free, and participants will receive $10 towards purchases at Family Farms Day on September 15.

Family Farms Day Sunday, Sept 15

Visit an assortment of farms in the beautiful Alberni Valley! This 9th annual self-guided tour offers a glimpse into the colourful lives of our area’s farmers and showcases a variety of products and production methods. Very familyfriendly. FREE! Farm details and tour map will be available by late August. Find them online at or at the Visitor Center, Echo Center, the Alberni District Fall Fair, or at any participating farms.


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he Alberni Clayquot Regional District reaches from mountain to valley to sea. This vast geographic diversity has nurtured a group of unique food producing ventures. The region produces vegetables, berries, chicken, eggs, lamb, beef, water buffalo meat and milk, grains, wines, shellfish and kelp. Come and sample our rich local cuisine. We know you will come back for more. Enjoy the District Fall Fair September 5-8 and Family Farms Day September 15.


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Island Curry

Ingredients: garlic powder, salt, pepper, sweet potatoes, yams, squash, olive or coconut oil, garlic, onions, leeks, turmeric, garam masala, curry powder, coriander, cardamom, vegetable stock, coconut milk Use as much or as little of the ingredients according to the quantity desired: Mix Olive or Melted Coconut Oil with Garlic Powder and Salt & Pepper in a large pan or bowl Roll in the oil a combination of bite size pieces of peeled sweet potato, yams & squash and bake in a single layer on a cookie sheet until just tender - about 20-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven Saute: chopped garlic, onions, leeks, ground turmeric, garam masala, curry powder, coriander and cardamom in a little olive or coconut oil until fragrant Add the cooked sweet potatoes, yams & squash, cover with vegetable stock, bring to a boil & simmer, covered, for a half hour Taste for seasoning - you may need to add salt and add coconut milk. Stir to combine & taste Adjust the seasoning to taste & bon apetit!

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he spotlight was on the province’s honeybees and other native pollinators at the Parliament Buildings, as May 29, 2019, was proclaimed the official Day of the Honey Bee in British Columbia.

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, was joined on the steps of the Parliament Buildings by representatives of the BC Honey Producers Association, Capital Region Beekeepers Association and Worker Bee Honey Company. She announced that the Bee BC program will receive up to $100,000 a year over the next three years to support communitybased research on bee health. “The beekeeping community in the province plays an important role in the daily lives of every British Columbian in B.C.,” said Popham. “They contribute to our amazing agricultural industry by pollinating crops and produce delicious locally produced honey that British Columbians can trust. Bee health is important to our government, which is why we’re increasing funding to Bee BC to support community-based research projects, to help support future generations of honeybees and other native pollinators.” The topics of honey bee and pollinator health were discussed. Peter Awram of the Worker Bee Honey Company spoke about his work developing a B.C. honey purity database. The BC Honey Producers Association was onsite with manual extractors and observation hives to help educate visitors about how honeybees work and how honey is harvested from hives. “We appreciate all the help and support from the ministry and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC for helping ensure that honey, the only truly natural sweetener, stays pure,” said Awram. “We are going to make sure that B.C. honey stays being the highest quality honey in the world.” “The beekeepers of B.C. truly appreciate the support from Minister Popham and the people of B.C. through the Ministry of Agriculture,” said Kerry Clark, president, BC Honey Producers Association. “Our beekeepers’ association will continue to work hard to try to enable our piece of the bee world to improve.”


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Bee BC funding is helping British Columbians get active and inspired to save the province’s bees and pollinators. To date, 29 projects have been funded through the program. The third round of projects just began, with close to $27,000 allotted to the six projects underway. Late last year, the province signed on as a co-sponsor of a study to find solutions to the bee-health problems of honey bee colonies involved in pollination, contributing $50,000 to support that research.   B.C. beekeepers will also be well represented at the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress taking place in Montreal in fall 2019, thanks in part to a contribution of $20,000 in provincial support to send representatives of B.C.’s beekeeping industry. The five-day event, themed “working together within agriculture, Canada’s answer to sustainable beekeeping,” will focus on the relationships between farmers and beekeepers. It will also focus on honey purity and the issues that are challenging the honey sector, such as global climate change and the implementation of new technologies. Honeybees play an important part of B.C.’s agriculture sector as pollinators of crops, contributing an estimated $538 million to the economy in British Columbia. Across Canada, they have an economic contribution estimated at over $3.2 billion.

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by Judy Stafford, Publisher s the fury of summer camp planning winds up and summer camp programs begins, I am reminded of years’ past excitement of seeing little campers enjoying the fun summer days at CGC. Kid’s laughter in the CGC kitchen, devouring green pesto, most said they’d never eat until they tried it on homemade pizza, is always the highlight of my summers here. I never went to summer camp as a child for a number of reasons, but as a full-time working mom, my children went to a crazy number of different camps. I found myself living vicariously through their experiences all the way from a week of sleepover horse camp in northern Ontario to a farm day camp in Toronto (that I had


to sleep over on a lawn the night before to secure a coveted spot), to art camp, to sport camp, you name it, they did them all. A few years later, when I was living on a 100 acre farm north of Toronto and wanting to expand my yoga business, I decided to run my own camp, lovingly called Wind Chimes Yoga Farm Camp where dozens of little campers learned how to feed chickens, swim in the river, hike with llamas, play with goats, and of course, learn yoga and meditation. Those were some of my most memorable summers and when I moved to Cowichan and started at CGC in 2007, I had a secret dream to offer a summer camp here as well. And as luck would have it, along with a great deal of planning, we were able to start offering a camp at KinPark

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Youth Urban Farm in downtown Duncan teaching gardening, cooking, swimming, and of course, yoga. This summer celebrates our 6th year of camp and I secretly wish I could be a kid again to join in all the fun, or that someone would start a comparable adult summer camp here at least. But I can still live vicariously through the kids that come and hang out here with us and soon enough my own granddaughters will be able to experience the joy of summer camps – those will be the funnest days of all. Here’s hoping we all find the child in ourselves this summer and take the time to play and revel in these long, warm, sunny days of summer!

the cowichan agricultural

seed hub H by Kat Brust

ome of the Cowichan Seed Bank, Seed Library, Agricultural Equipment Library, Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm and the Ross Wristen Inclusion Garden, the Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub will be a pillar of agricultural and inclusive community supports. We will connect the therapeutic properties of farming and gardening with the practical components of seed security in the Cowichan Region. We recognize the growing importance of locally adapted and acclimatized seed as the foundation of true food security. As a Job Creation Partnership Program, funded through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, the Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub is supporting four positons for people on Employment Insurance. With our changing climate, it is more important now more than ever to grow locally adapted and acclimatized seed. Seed produced in a specific area will produce plants that are better suited to that area. Common environmental factors like flooding and drought are important to be addressed when purchasing seed. If the seed was produced in an area where drought is not an issue, then the plants will require more water than seed grown in drought conditions. If we don’t produce seed then we would be unable to grow food. Many people think “I can just buy seeds or food in the grocery store” and that is the world we currently live in. But isn’t it better to be prepared for the worst and then be pleasantly surprised when the worst doesn’t happen, than to find ourselves unprepared? This is the key point, preparedness. With our Seed Bank, we can store seed properly for years; with our Seed Library we can encourage the community to grow their own food. Our

Agricultural Equipment Library will make it easier for new farmers to farm small to mid-scale operations. The Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm will continue to grow locally adapted seed for the community. The Cowichan Green Community is in the process of creating community partnerships so that other supportive organizations can bring their clients to the Seed Hub. They can either volunteer in any aspect or to use space in the Ross Wristen Inclusion Garden to grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers. We strongly believe that through a connection with the Earth, each other and community, members will reach new potential. This opportunity is offered to those with different abilities, mental illness, youth at risk and those who wish to encourage and support our community members. All members of our community bring their own unique presence, ideas and dreams, all of which are valid and important. People should not feel as though they need to hide in shame or fear because of their differences and have every right to connect with each other. This project will bring us one step closer to an inclusive food secure community. If you would like to get involved in any way please contact Kat by phoning our office at 250-748-8506 or by emailing kat@

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by Laura Boyd-Clowes s the farm manager at KinPark Youth Urban Farm, I start getting really excited each June. Partly, I’m thrilled by all the blossoms and new green growth, but mostly it’s because KinPark Kid’s Camp starts the first week of July, and working with the camp is the highlight of my year! This year will be our sixth summer of fun, food and farming in the park. Located in downtown Duncan, KinPark Kid’s Camp is a unique and engaging way for children to spend their summer holidays in the Cowichan Valley. The KinPark Kid’s Camp counselors and I have been busy planning a summer filled with activities that focus on food, 28

the environment, physical activity, and teamwork. Here, kids can learn how to grow, cook and eat fresh local food, explore nature, get to know plants and bees, make crafts, play in the park, go swimming, and make friends. Our ultimate goal is to foster resilience among the younger generation. Each July, we look forward to meeting all the incredible children who join, whether for a drop-in day or for several weeks in a row. Everyone walks away with great memories, but year after year I am especially blown away by positive feedback about the hands-on activities that our team organizes in the garden and in the kitchen. It seems that kids just love to grow food – almost as much as they like cooking and eating it!

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This super fun and educational day camp for children ages 6-12 is located at Kinsmen Park (5789 Alderlea Street) and at Cowichan Green Community’s commercial kitchen (360 Duncan Street) It runs on weekdays from July 2nd to August 30th 2019, costing $150 per week (with the exception of the weeks following Canada Day and August long weekend, which cost only $120). For more information, please visit our website: project/kinpark-kids-camp-2/ Contact Laura at 250-748-8506 or email - An Online Portal for Sharing Food and Supporting Community Connections


by John Stewart

don’t want to see any of their food go to waste. We felt we could extend our reach and impact by helping to support individuals, businesses, restaurants, farms, and food processors to share their potentially wasted food with those who can make use of it before it hits the pig trough, compost heap, or garbage can. The goal of the sharing tool is to increase overall food recovery efforts and advance the state of food security in our region by providing a way for direct community connections to take place.

ave you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I could really use an easy and convenient way to help redistribute some of my food so that it doesn’t go to waste?” Well then, Cowichan Green Community (CGC) has developed something just for you. Hopefully you’ve already heard, but just in case you haven’t, since January of 2018, CGC’s Food Recovery Project & Marketplace (reFRESH Cowichan) has been making every effort to address the issue of food waste on as many levels as possible. We started big by signing agreements with local grocery stores with the goal of assisting them increase their ability to redistribute surplus (potentially wasted) foods to folks who could make use of it. We can’t say enough about the efforts these grocery stores had already been taking to ensure food didn’t end up in the landfill. When we came along, many stores had already established relationships with livestock farmers wherein donations of produce were distributed as animal feed. These relationships continue to exist, but the farmers said to us, “A lot of this stuff should be going to people first.” We continue to build on these efforts by forming new relationships with more food retailers with the mandate of ensuring that healthy, edible

foods go to people and not the compost heap. To complete the picture, we are working alongside grocery stores in the Cowichan Region to accept donations of food that we sort through to select only high-quality items for redistribution to local service providers like food banks and daycares. It should be noted, one of our grocery partners has generously allowed us to distribute a portion of donated food through our reFRESH Cowichan Marketplace. These items are made available for purchase by the public, and all at a fraction of the regular retail price. These funds do not grow and accumulate, they are quickly utilized to cover ongoing program costs related to transport, staffing, and infrastructure. This helps us out by reducing the need to rely on public grant funding while providing a level of stability and ongoing economic self-sufficiency. We

operate as a not-for-profit Social Enterprise, that is, a business that focusses first on having a positive impact on society. In our case; increasing community access to healthy foods while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result from the improper disposal of organic materials. Since we’ve had some time to get our feet firmly planted underneath us (so far reFRESH Cowichan has redistributed over 75,000 lbs of produce), we wanted to address food waste at a smaller scale. The new website includes a newly developed “Online Sharing Tool” as a convenient platform where individuals and groups can offer what they no longer require or to post a request for what may be needed. Think of it like a classifieds section for potentially wasted foods. We recognized there are many others in our community who work with food every day who

Made possible with funding from CIRA’s Community Investment Program, on May 28th, 2019 CGC was excited to announce the launch of our new refreshcowichan. ca - Food Recovery Project & Marketplace – website and Online Sharing Tool. We are grateful for the support from CIRA and hope that you’ll to head over to our new website, While you’re there, think about registering an account by making a post in the online food sharing tool and be sure to check out the information we’ve put together on best practices for food recovery. We want to do our best to make sure this tool is useful to the community, so please get in touch if you have suggestions on how we can continue to improve our new website and online sharing tool.

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Meals on Wheels – Duncan Chapter & the Supported Transportation Programs of the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation

agricultural equipment lending library


he Cowichan Valley is home to its very own Agricultural Equipment Library, brought to you by the Cowichan Green Community. Equipment to help in small to mid-scale farming operations is available to rent by phoning 250-748-8506. For available equipment and rental rates please visit https:// Happy planting!

We are looking for VOLUNTEER DRIVERS for both programs! Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals Monday through Saturday, Duncan area only. Food is picked up at 3:45 pm and delivered between 4-5pm. You can pick a regular weekly day or sign up as a back-up driver. Supported Transportation program for Seniors provides a ‘Door-to-Door’ service to assist seniors to get to medical and health related appointments. Mileage is paid. This program makes a huge difference for the clients it serves.

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Outfitted to suit a variety of cooking needs, CGC has an Island Health certified commercial kitchen available to rent seven days a week from 8am-10pm. It is equipped with a 6 burner gas stove and oven, a convection oven, walk-in cooler and freezer, tables and seating for workshop facilitation, and a complement of basic cooking utensils and equipment. There is also a second area perfect for simple food preparation. For guidelines, information & rental rates visit Island Farm & Garden - July/August 2019



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