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local food initiatives and not-for-profits
Cowichan Green Community
Cowichan Green Community Society, (CGC) is a non-profit organization focused on environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Region officially since March 2004. Since 2007, CGC has worked to improve food security in our region by developing strong relationships with local food producers and increasing urban and rural food production. Projects include the creation of food policy documents such as the Cowichan Food Charter and the Cowichan Food Security Plan, the KinPark Youth Urban Farm, FruitSave - a fruit gleaning project - the Cowichan-Grown Farm Map, an Incubator Seed Farm, and community gardens.
Our mission is to cultivate food, community & resilience.
Cowichan Grown Farm Map
The 8th edition of the Cowichan-Grown Farm Map is here! Spanning Shawnigan Lake to south of Nanaimo, this annual guide has been helping Cowichan residents and visitors to the region, search out Cowichan-grown food, drink, and value-added products since its inception.
Visit our website to view the map online or pick up a copy at Cowichan Green Community (360 Duncan St.) and other farms or local tourist centres.
The Cow-op.ca an online marketplace of locally grown and harvested food, featuring a variety of produce, meats, eggs, fruit, baking and more all grown or produced throughout the Cowichan Region. The Cow-op.ca is a convenient system for food producers and customers alike, as the farmers save time harvesting to order and buyers are able to shop from their computer or mobile device year-round while directly supporting local family farms and businesses.
The Cow-op is an initiative of the Cowichan Valley Co-operative Marketplace, a non-profit farmer and food processor co-operative with over 50 members.
CRFAIR believes in the power of Collective Impact for social change informs work that we do and shapes the strategies that we are using to achieve our objectives around promoting healthy and sustainable food systems
Our vision is a region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of residents
Our mission is to mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region.
Fernwood Helping Hands
Fernwood Helping Hands is a community outreach program where skilled volunteers 'glean' - the practice of collecting fresh, excess foods - from farms across the CRD. Fernwood Helping Hands is a collaborative project between Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (Fernwood NRG) and LifeCycles Project Society; two organizations focused on decreasing food insecurity and increasing access to healthy food, bolstering food literacy siills, and support community food sovereignty in the CRD.
Contact Alex Harned for more info or to volunteer
The Good Food Network
The Good Food Network connects across sectors and silos to engage the whole food system - because change emerges as diversity and collaboration come together. The Network allows community, government, and the private sector to join efforts and unite around a shared vision. Members include individual activists, funders, educators, and farm and food organizations.
You can join the Good Food Network! Sign the Good Food 2025 Resolution of Support. Learn more by visiting our website.
LifeCycles cultivates community health by connecting people to the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support the region in growing, accessing, and eating local food in ways that foster diversity and enhance our urban environment.
We facilitate and support hands-on education in orchards, school gardens and supportive housing communities across the Capital Region. We also glean tens of thousands of pounds of surplus produce from hundreds of backyard fruit trees and dozens of local farms each year.