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  • 21 Jul 2017 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    A little damp set up is happening for the Islands Folk Fest, but the outlook for the weekend looks great! Going to be a great party.

  • 19 Jul 2017 2:39 PM | Anonymous


    The labyrinth's drainage has been put in and the top soil is going back on...we're getting there...


  • 19 Jul 2017 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    Providence Farm, in collaboration with international performance artist Yuko Yamamoto, and other local artists have launched an ambitious year long art self expression art project. (Thank you to the Esther's Dream fund and the CVRD for supporting this project) About a dozen participants will have weekly workshops in different art media from silk painting to dance that will culminate in a self expression project as a performance piece or a stand alone piece. 

    Last week we held a bbq for all those attending and participating in the project and yesterday we had our first workshop.

    "In our first session, Isabella, Austin, Steve F., David S., Bella, Raven, Muriel, Kori, Nan, Peter and Yuko participated and each made a doll. Nick filmed us. On the back side of the doll, the artist's name and a number/numbers were written. What were these numbers? Each number seemed to have its own story.... : - Yuko

    Background: This project seeks to disrupt and change the representation of people with disabilities in our society. The social challenge that this project seeks to tackle is the way that persons with special needs are marginalized through the social construction of their identity as a one ­dimensional, “other,” and often “less­ than.” Persons with disabilities have long been isolated and disenfranchised by our socio­cultural tendency to “speak for” this segment of our population. Neurodiversity and physical/developmental differences have been used to justify the exclusion of the disability community – creating an imbalance in the flow of knowledge where able ­bodied, neuro­ typical people have inherited the power to define the identities, and narrate the experiences, of differently abled people. 

    Although art is often perceived as the bastion of the “outsider,” the cultural processes and products of art are heavily determined by persistent social patterns of power that often serve to reinforce these paradigms. Although artistic tastes have largely departed from the tradition/history of rigid class distinctions, hierarchies still very much persist – with an artist’s identity playing heavily into the way in which their art is perceived and received. Although “outsider” art has entered cultural sensibilities, art created by people with disabilities is still very much considered as distinct, separate, and often second­ class to that created by “regular” individuals. This imbalance occurs despite well­meaning advocates and what Westley (2008) defines as a “breakdown in sense making” creating demand for cultural products inclusive of diverse voices, abilities, and experiences. The challenge now lies in disrupting the flow of knowledge, deeply rooted in our entrenched social hierarchies (in which ability factors heavily), where those with the power to create representation continue to define the identities of those without such ingrained privilege. By providing participants with the artistic mechanisms to explore and determine their own identity, and the platform by which to express it, this project seeks to shift the flow of knowledge so that people with disabilities control the depiction of their experience. It is our belief that these representations will challenge problematic beliefs on what it means to have special needs, and how differently abled people participate in our culture. By changing fundamental beliefs, action follows – resulting in a more inclusive and resilient society.



  • 19 Jul 2017 9:30 AM | Anonymous


    It’s that time of year again when we give our apple trees a bit of a hair cut. With at least a dozen mature trees in our orchards this is no small undertaking. Segues participant Kelly was trained a couple of years ago to help with the summer pruning and it's a job that he really enjoys doing. It takes a lot of focus and attention to detail to ensure that we only prune what is necessary and Kelly has become an enormous help with this task every year. Great job Kelly!!


  • 30 Jun 2017 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Hi volunteers. We're now using Volinspire to help make it easy for you to track your time on the farm. The system will also enable a communication system with our volunteers and allow us to post opportunities and make connections.

    Please check it out and register.  https://www.volinspire.com/organization/providence-farm-347668


  • 30 Jun 2017 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    Robert's bringing in the lettuce from the kitchen garden. Yum. Summer is wonderful.


  • 29 Jun 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    A note from Peter Stacey working with the great Segues guys.

    Fresh produce is starting to come thick and fast from the new kitchen. Hopefully this good weather is here to stay!

    Segues Participants have been enjoying all aspects of this project, from planting to harvesting, and from weeding to hauling in topsoil.

    We’ve got peas, lettuce, radish and herbs already making it into our lunches, with potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, broccoli, beans, beets, cabbage, onions, leeks and squash all soon to be enjoyed!

    Here are some of the guys showing off a great crop of Chinese cabbage.


  • 29 Jun 2017 9:15 AM | Anonymous


    For many years now Providence Farm has kept a variety of animals on the farm for therapeutic interaction with our participants. These animals include the sheep, alpacas, goat (Gouda) and donkey (Molly). They have also been useful for their wool for our textile program.


    However, we have recently completed an assessment of the animals under our care and recognize that while these animals have played a therapeutic role and are valued friends of the farm, we are redeveloping our animal therapy program to broaden its reach for our participants; and these animals are no longer appropriate.


    In keeping with our strategic direction we have made the decision to re-home these animals and replace them with animals who can provide broader therapeutic interaction. This will also benefit Molly and Gouda who we feel will be better off with companionship of their own species.


    We recognize that this change may be difficult for some to appreciate; but Providence Farm is a therapeutic community dedicated to helping people with a variety of challenges and our focus must be on their needs. In that regard we are redeveloping our animal therapy program to incorporate animals more conducive to the therapeutic benefits we feel our participants can gain the most benefit from.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • 20 Jun 2017 4:20 PM | Anonymous


    A big thank you to the Cowichan Valley Alternate School who have been on the farm for decades and who consistently support our community through providing in kind labour to help maintain our farm infrastructure. Last week they put a new roof on our woodworking shop and were so speedy about it, it was all done within hours and doesn't leak. Leaking is not a good thing when there are all sorts of electrical tools involved in woodworking. The participants, volunteers and woodworking coordinator are pleased they are dry and cosy now.

  • 20 Jun 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    It is with great fondness that we here at the farm remember our friend Ken McKinnon. 


    For those of you who don’t know – when Ken McKinnon retired from being a successful business man here in the valley, he decided he wanted to try his hand at farming. He pretty much single-handedly cleared all the broom and rock from the lower fields and left field as well, and put in all the fencing around left field. Planted a berry crop in left field, amongst other things, and corn and pumpkins in the lower fields. He was here from dawn to dusk most days  picking rocks by hand and piling them on the sides of the fields. He built the implement shed that now houses the tractors and Fix It shop, and he bought us a tractor. Oh and on top of that, he has continued to make generous donations to the Farm over the years. We named the McKinnon building after him.

    A soft spoken and one helluva hardworking man  we owe him much.

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