• 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.

  • 15 Jun 2017 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Lianne and Chris

    Lianne Gran-Ruaz, from 100 Women of Cowichan giving the bag of checks to Chris Holt , Providence Farm Exec. Dir.

    Earlier this month we were pleased to hear that the local group (250+ members) 100 Women of Cowichan had picked Providence Farm for their charity of choice this quarter. That means that each member writes a $100 check to the farm to put towards a concrete project that will benefit our participants and the community. 

    The group meets quarterly to hear presentations from various charity supporters about their mission and good works in the community. Our board member Mary Beth McKenzie had put our name forward. At the last meeting however, Mary Beth was in Europe and we were fortunate that Jennifer Barnes van Elk, who is a fantastic local grant writer who often works for the Farm, was in attendance and spoke eloquently about the farm and our work. Thank you Jennifer.

    We are at present deciding which of the numerous necessary projects will be completed with these funds, but this is a very wonderful donation which will result in a clearly defined project - to be announced soon.

    Thank you to everyone of the 250 or so women of Cowichan who, through this donation, show their support for the work we do with disabled valley residents.

  • 06 Jun 2017 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    The show at Portal's Gallery was a great success. Thank you to Wendy our textiles coordinator for organizing and putting the show together.

     It was a super successful show - Congratulations to our participants who crafted these wonderful pieces of integrated art. 

    Nine pieces sold

    Here are some comments from the Portals Gallery Guest Book:

    "Cheerful, fun, fresh like spring!"
    "Beautiful and Creative"
    "Such a natural portrayal of the beauty she holds exceptionally well done"
    "Nicely Done!"
    "Such wonderful textures from nature. Thank you for the inspiration!"
    "I love coming to see all new pictures"
    "I felt great at this show"
    "A very good project idea"
    "Super Creative"
    "Beautiful, Inspiring. Thank you."
    "Great! Wonderfully expressive pieces"

    All proceeds from the sale of the art goes directly to the artist.

    Nature Weaving pieces are still on display and for sale at Providence Farm indefinitely, in the Chapel and the main hallway.

  • 31 May 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Farm Dance

    This June 24th is our Farm Dance. We've changed it up a bit this year and are going for good chili and dancing, beer and wine and good weather. However, rain or shine rain we are partying, we have tents. So don't let a little liquid from the sky stop you from enjoying a night of fun, community and music. We depend on you.

    BUY your Tickets here


  • 31 May 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Bike Raffle

    Providence Farm is raffling off a custom designed touring bike to support our programs for people with developmental disabilities. Through playing the raffle you will help us support our therapeutic community. 

    We received a generous donation from Jim and Gail Maier (Jim is a former Board member) of two high end Kona Titanium touring bikes. We have decided to take advantage of the Province's new legislation enabling on-line raffles for charities. This means we don't have to only work locally trying to sell raffle tickets one a time off the side of the desk, but we can all get involved on line and generate funds for the Farm's work throughout BC. 


    2013 Kona Raijin custom build titanium 29er with custom high-end parts including Magura fork, Stan’s rims, Hope hubs, Sram xx1 drivetrain, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, and Kona Wah Wah pedals.


    Custom assortment of cycling accessories from Experience Cycling including Giant Helmet $149.99 UltraLoop Lock, $69.99 Giant Quick Fix Combo Kit $59.99


    Items made in the various farm therapeutic programs, items may include textiles (shawl and woven items), woodwork items (cutting board, salad tongs), etc.

    How you can help. It's easy.

    1. Here's the website to buy a ticket for the bike.

    Please go buy a ticket and then share the URL on twitter and Facebook and encourage your friends to buy a ticket and pass it along. If this works, we will collectively build a powerful online network for future raffles and support for the work we do on the Farm.

    You can copy the graphic below to paste into Facebook and add the url

  • 31 May 2017 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    On May 18 we had a celebration of our volunteers. Nice to be able to have a BBQ once again :)

    Founding Sister Frieda Rabb addresses the crowd with stories from the founding of the Farm and the values it holds to this day. Thank you Sister Frieda.

    Volunteer Board member and Providence Farm Treasurer Tom Todd also addressed the folks about the value volunteers bring and how the Farm could not run without them.

    Craig Riddoch told some funny and touching stories about his relationship to the Farm's volunteers and the value he as a participant sees in their efforts to help. 

    Lets give a round of applause for Monte Nordstrom, who is so gracious to volunteer music to so many of our events.

    AND lets also put our hands together for the Cowichan Valley Shriners who served us all breakfast. Yummy and much appreciated. 

  • 27 Apr 2017 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Duncan, April 27, 2017– Providence Farm is excited to announce our Weaving for Health and Nature show at Portals Art Gallery on May 11 to May 31st, 2017. Everyone is invited to come and experience the power of art, nature and therapy combined.

    “A growing body of research links our mental, physical and spiritual health directly to our association with nature,” says Wendy Davis, Providence Farm’s Textiles Coordinator. “We at Providence Farm believe this exposure to nature—through which comfort, curiosity and a deepening sense of self and belonging are accessible—is vital and something that all human beings can benefit from.”

    For the past several months staff, participants and volunteers at Providence Farm have been engaged in a Farm-wide project incorporating nature’s wondrous colours and textures into artistically woven art pieces which will be displayed at Portals Art Gallery for the community to appreciate some of the magic of the farm. At Providence Farm we do not see ourselves as simple spectators of nature! We are actively engaging with leaf and branch, feather and frog, mud and wind.

    It is important for Providence Farm participants to demonstrate to the community, who support them at the Farm, the tremendous benefits they receive in our programming.

    Practiced since ancient times, weaving together fibers with different textures can produce a visually pleasing design. By combining botanicals with fleece and yarn produced here at the Farm, these unique  organic wall hangings and art pieces offer a fresh, colorful reminder of times past and are individual art pieces, which represent the connection our participants have found with nature.

    “Participants were inspired and encouraged to create from within their individual selves, to compose a true expression of their harmonious connection with nature,” says Ms. Davis.

    All components used are natural, most of which were found or produced at the Farm. Nature walks in the forest were coordinated to collect branches, attractive strips of bark, twigs, long grasses, leafy vines, mosses, lichens, and leaves. Colourful touches were worked in with an assortment of dried berries, rosehips, buds, and flowers. The yarn utilized for threading the warp between branches is hand spun from Providence Farm sheep fleece and the Farm’s alpaca fibre. Rovings were hand dyed using materials found at the farm and plant-based natural dyes such as indigo, logwood bark and madder root.

    “I would encourage everyone to participate with us by visiting the gallery and experiencing the joy our participants have found in this work and to celebrate their individual spirits. This is one of the many ways our participants can share with the community who support their lives at the Farm,” says Farm Executive Director, Chris Holt.

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    If you would like more information about this show, please contact Wendy Davis, Textile Coordinator at 250-746-4204 or email at

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    For information about Portals Art Gallery:


  • 24 Apr 2017 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Got to admit that title has probably been used before for pictures of alpaca shearing, but regardless it's happened today at the Farm. Our 5 alpacas will look skinny with funny long necks and puffy heads for a while. And our textile program will benefit from wonderfully beautiful alpaca fleece.

    Thanks to Nicole Champagne from NicoNick Alpaca for shearing.

  • 18 Apr 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    There will be no plant sale this Spring at Providence Farm. We have de-commercialized our nursery to focus on our participants and their therapeutic needs and so we do not have the inventory for a plant sale this year. We are of course building a labyrinth and could use help with that though :).

  • 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.

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