The Therapeutic Farm Program provided by the Vancouver Island Providence Community Association (VIPCA) has served the Cowichan Valley community since 1979. This program takes place on picturesque Providence Farm – a working organic farm and regional landmark gifted to VIPCA by the Sisters of Saint Ann. Often referred to as a de facto “rural community centre” the impact of this vital program extends beyond program participants and volunteers to benefit the region (and beyond) as a hub of community action and inclusivity.
We provide a variety of innovative programs for individuals with mental health or developmental challenges. Programs include horticultural therapy, art, woodworking, nutrition, gardening and landscaping, and textiles, just to name a few. We believe that caring for the land together is healing and therapeutic. We are a place for those who have difficulty in the mainstream to grow and be a part of a community.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Farm. Our General Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00-5:00, and visitors can pick up a free map at the Store and enjoy a self-guided tour. For a $5 donation you can stay for lunch Monday through Friday at 12:30 (only one sitting) in our dining room.
Come and pet Molly our donkey, have a coffee, wander the gardens and trails. Here you can take a deep breath and step out of the stressful world for a while and you’ll find the air is healthy; the work, worthy; the place, happy.
Mission: Trusting in Providence, and building upon the faith-centered heritage of our founding members, we are committed to serving needs and to fostering talents of people in the Cowichan Valley, especially of those not easily accepted elsewhere, through our therapeutic community at Providence Farm. Our focus shall be upon the renewal of body and spirit, and upon people caring for the soil, and the soil nurturing the people.
Thank you to the Duncan Lions Club for their donation which enabled us to purchase a SawStop table saw for our therapeutic woodworking program. This is a table saw which has an high tech safety feature ensuring that if the blade is touched by a finger, the blade is stopped within 5-microseconds and the finger or hand or face is not cut. Check it out here.