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  • 27 Jan 2017 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that we remember Reta Flanagan who was a long time volunteer at the farm. Reta came every week to work in various farm locations including Farm Fashion and the kitchen. She was a lovely woman with a crystal sense of humor and a powerful work ethic. She passed away just before the holidays. She will be greatly missed.



  • 26 Oct 2016 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    Halloween has arrived at the farm. Don't be surprised if you find pirates and cows walking around together on the farm these days. Hay rides, pumpkin pie and rain are all part of the experience.




  • 03 Aug 2016 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Bert Manthey (on left, Chris Holt on right), a two year volunteer and relief staff, is moving to Victoria to take over as the Superior Guardian of the Franciscan Friary. 

    Bert worked in both Farm Fashions and then with Marc Beauchamp our site manager. Many of the things fixed on the farm, moved around, held up, hammered down, cut or tapped are the work of Bert. He's always been there as a consistently reliable volunteer. Bert has been a wonderful addition to our farm and we will miss his enthusiasm and solid work ethic.

    We all wish Bert the very best in his new endeavour.

  • 25 Jul 2016 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    The weekend was warm, sunny and filled with beautiful music. Thank you to all the Folk Fest revellers who enjoyed themselves and created such a warm and wonderful ambiance.

  • 20 Jun 2016 10:41 AM | Anonymous


    Thank you to everyone who came out to our wonderful Farm Dance Under the Stars on Saturday night. It was a wonderful party and a testament to all the volunteers who made it happen. Thank you. 

    We opened the show with the in-house band The Providers who played a variety of classic rock and roll to set things on track and then followed up with the Deb Rhymer Blues band which set the tempo for the evening. The music rolled on with the Smiley Family and the Cookie Monsters who rocked out the end of the night with some ACDC. 

    A great night with super good food, chill wonderful people, a diverse silent auction with many pieces donated by our generous local business community and of course our Farm Fashions store was open and busy. 

    A great night and one of the best parties of the year!


  • 30 May 2016 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Here's Bill Baker unloading plants for St Ann's Garden Club. He's out delivering seedlings for the Grow a Row program started by Dinter's Nurseryhttp://www.dinternursery.ca/ more than 20 years ago. The idea is to provide food seedlings for community groups who grow one row for themselves and another for the local food bank. Bill has been dropping plants off at various community organizations today including the Clements Centre. Bill has been doing the Grow a Row program since it started. He's a valuable member of the Providence Farm community, well done Bill.

  • 27 May 2016 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Long time Providence Farm community member John Yancy Peter passed away suddenly this month from natural causes and he will be missed.



  • 10 May 2016 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to BurnBrae Farms and their Island Gold eggs for helping to sponsor our nutrition programming at the farm. This is a critical program and we appreciate the help very much.  BurnBrae donates eggs each week to our kitchen and it makes a difference. 

    Thanks again so much.


  • 18 Apr 2016 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    On Friday April 15 we celebrated Providence Farm's volunteers with a tea and blueberry crepe party in St. Ann's Garden. The crepes were made and donated by the Cowichan Valley Shiner's  with their fantastic mobile cooking wagon.

    If you ever need a mobile kitchen for your event, these are the folks to call.  

    The Tea service was presented by volunteers from the Little Flower Academy from Vancouver and they did a wonderful job setting up, serving the tea and crepes. The tea was donated by the Tea Farm a local place to share art and tea culture. Music was performed by Monte Nordstrom and many of the gifts were wooden bowls turned by long time volunteer and Providence Farm founder Jack Pearce.

    Plain and simple. We could not run this farm and help make such a powerful difference in the lives of so many of our participants without our volunteers. It's those of you who come out to the Farm and donate your time and energy that help make this a great place to work and learn for our participants. Thank you to all our volunteers for making this a true community.


  • 11 Apr 2016 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    On Saturday April 9th a crew of 12 Duncan Rotarians donated their time to paint our outdoor kitchen complex. This many hands (a crew of 12) made for fast work and they completed the painting of the fence and building in 3 hours. Wonderful job guys and very much appreciated. This is community in action and an wonderful example of the work the Rotarians do in our community. 

    Pictured are:  Scott McIvorJim Cosh, Doyle ChildAndrew Dowsett.

    Not Pictured were: Arthur AllanJohn Howatt, Michael LeeBarry Remus, Keith FullerJean Beasier, Mike Taylor



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