Established by the Sisters of Saint Ann in 1864, Providence Farm has been a part of the Cowichan Valley community for almost 150 years. In 1979 the Sisters formed a partnership with the Vancouver Island Providence Association. Together they created a community providing horticultural therapy and vocational training to people who are encountering barriers to education and employment.
Providence Farm grows organic produce and nursery plants and produces furniture and artwork, all of which are sold on site. In supporting the farm, local residents benefit through the availability of high quality, locally grown produce. The community as a whole benefits through the farm’s contribution to our food security. Members of the Providence Farm community benefit through their interactions with each other, with the land itself, and with the many people who visit the farm each year.
During these challenging times it’s particularly heartening to see such a positive, successful example of sustainable agriculture and supportive community. If you’d like to learn more about Providence Farm you can visit their website at http://www.providence.bc.ca/ .