Who We Are
Cowichan Green Community (CGC) Society's mandate is to promote environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Valley with a focus on cultivating a strong and vibrant local food system. Our food security projects include the creation of food policy documents such as the Cowichan Food Charter and the Cowichan Food Security Plan, projects like FruitSave - a fruit gleaning project- and community gardens. We also run educational workshops, host the Seeds for Change Speaker Series, and organize Seedy Saturdays to promote the role of rural and urban agriculture in our community's resilience and sustainability.
At CGC, we 'think globally and act locally'. Our current projects and initiatives include:
- Food Security
- The Cowichan Car Share
For a list of our past projects, click here.
The Cowichan Green Community (CGC) began in 2001 as an environmental-based community outreach project which was supported by the Green Door Society. The CGC opened it's first storefront environmental centre at 161 Jubilee Street in Duncan, B.C. CGC’s passionate volunteers then formed an informal committee and established CGC's original mandate: to promote energy efficiency, healthy housing and environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Valley. Financed solely by their efforts, they continued to operate the centre for almost a year.
In 2002, the CGC moved to 244 Craig Street in Duncan's City Square and also accepted an invitation to join the Cowichan Community Land Trust Society (CCLT), where it operated as a committee of the CCLT until February 2004. In March of 2004 CGC was registered as a BC Society.
Our next significant milestone was the expansion and move to our current location at 181 Station Street in October 2009. Here, in this fabulous space, we have a new Green Store, a large community space (which is available for our community partners to use), as well as a bright and beautiful office space. We are officially setting up a Social Enterprise Model, to sustain our organization using income generated through our retail store and urban agriculture consulting business.
Over the past several years, we have received thousands of people at our office and regularly engaged the public through outreach projects, media campaigns, school presentations, event booths, and workshops. The CGC staff, volunteers, and board members assist with fundraising, office staffing, community garden projects, workshops and day-to-day operations. While participating in numerous community meetings and networking with local service providers, our mantra has become 'where community and environment meet.'