We are a therapeutic community that provides programs for people who are encountering barriers to education and employment. Our programs are based on principles of horticultural therapy and vocational training that guide our success that –caring for the land together is by nature healing and therapeutic.
The Sisters of St. Ann gifted the beautiful 400-acre Cowichan Valley property to the Vancouver Island Providence Community Association (VIPCA), also known as Providence Farm, to develop innovative programs to service the needs of the community.
Today there are 34 full-time and part-time staff, and 130 people participate in our programs.
Video courtesy of Stu Burke, from Leadership Vancouver Island – Spring 2014
Working with Providence Farm is really satisfying, they have great staff, beautiful facilities and important work to do. The Farm itself is a jewel for the Cowichan Valley and an important cog in the local food system. All our support is important to keep this a vital part of the community.
-Bill Jones, author, chef, and food consultant, Deerholme Farm