Food Security Plan
Food Security means that ALL members of our community have access to enough nutritious, safe, ecologically sustainable, and culturally appropriate food at all times
As food security-related education, outreach, advocacy, and research continue in our community and beyond, people are increasingly aware of the importance of cultivating a resilient local food system. Community networks are forming around small-scale growing projects and demand for local food is increasing with every passing season. Since the Cowichan Food Security Plan was developed in 2007, Cowichan has seen the development and expansion of community gardens, increased participation in food share and fruit gleaning programs, a reunited Duncan Farmers Market, and the official designation of Canada’s first CittaSlow – Cowichan Bay.
Despite our efforts, we have a long way to go before we can consider ourselves truly food secure. Local farmers are struggling to make a fair living, Vancouver Island continues to lose food production quota to the mainland, and many members of our community lack access to sufficient food on a daily basis. Like the rest of Vancouver Island, we have a mere 2-3 days worth of food stockpiled here in case of emergency.
The Cowichan Food Security Plan (the Plan) was developed in 2007 and updated in 2009 to track food security developments in our community, and to address the collective and individual barriers that still exist. It emerged from the understanding that to be effective, its recommendations must be firmly grounded in the knowledge and values of the people living in Cowichan. The planning process continues to foster relationships among community sectors, organizations, and individuals that have roles to play in food security, and as a living document, the Plan will continue to evolve and change as our community grows. It is our hope that the Plan will function as an educational and awareness-raising tool, helping to maintain the momentum we are collectively generating in our movement towards a truly sustainable and food secure Cowichan.
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- Cowichan Food Security PlanThe Cowichan Food Security Plan (the Plan) was developed in 2007 and updated in 2010 to track food security developments in our community and to highlight collective and individual barriers that still exist.