Food and Farming

Fresh produce from the Cow-Op
The Cow-Op is an online marketplace that connects Cowichan food producers with local customers. Photo provided by Derrick Pawlowski

You’ve told us that food and farming are critical issues in the Cowichan region. Guided by your input, The Discourse is digging deep on food security and farming, for now and for the future. We’re exposing the systems behind the issues and highlighting solutions.

These Cowichan Valley farmers are looking beyond pastures for profit

Keating Farm hopes diversifying its business model could create financial and environmental sustainability.

This Cowichan Valley farm is innovating towards small-scale profitability

‘Everything I need is here,’ says Heather Young, owner of Under the Oak Farm.

Duncan’s downtown farm grows more than just produce

The space should be a blueprint for other cities
, urban farmer Laura Boyd-Clowes says.

Cowichan couple cultivates a passion for cheesemaking

“I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else,” says Cory Spencer, founder of Haltwhistle Cheese Company.

Little Zimbabwe Farm offers a cultural exchange through food and music

Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba are on a mission to improve local food security and give the community agency when it comes to their food.

Island Good brand gives local food a boost

“I know when I go and purchase something else from an Island Good company, someone’s proud of this,” says Paul Gill, co-owner of Sutra Foods.

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