Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
Date: Saturday,  January 13th,  2018 (Snow date: January 20th)
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Centre 50 de Cocagne - 10 Villa Road, Cocagne NB E4R 3M6

Please note this workshop will be presented in French only, but with bilingual speakers (i.e. questions may be posed in either language)
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Learn how to properly clean your own seeds, using PCDSG's hand-made tools and equipment including our wind-column seed cleaner, which works fantastically for a variety of seeds that are otherwise difficult and time-consuming to clean and sort out (grains, beans, seeds for sprouting, etc). Other tools include various sieves, baskets, flail, fans, and more. In case of a storm, the snowdate will be January 20th.

Workshop objectives:

  • Acquisition of hands-on knowledge to properly use the seed cleaning equipment at the PCSDG in order to properly clean one's own seeds;
  • Learning new,  practical information about the benefits of seed-saving, participants will be empowered to save their own seeds, and try saving seeds from different and new plants–whether they are a brand new seed saver or an experienced farmer, there will be plenty of tricks to learn;
  • Knowledge-sharing about different experiences concerning local seed saving efforts, seed cleaning and storage techniques.

Learning objectives :

  • Fundamental principals of seed-saving, including key terms and definitions for seed propagation (e.g. hybrids, open-pollinated, etc);
  • How to apply local techniques, traditions, and innovations to seed cleaning using a variety of tools and equipment to suit different seed requirements;
  • Practical skills for cleaning a variety of seeds and different types of grains (e.g. bread grains, edible seeds, herbs and spices) as well as a selection of vegetable and flower seed varieties.

The workshop will be presented by Francine and Bernard Thériault.  Francine and Bernard have been growing and experimenting on their small farm since 1984. Their goal was to feed their family with the most nutritious and clean food possible. Since the beginnging of their country lifestyle, they've grown an extensive garden, where the first seeds they were inspired to save were potatoes. Since that first experiment, they've since greatly expanded their selection of seeds over the last 15 years in particular. Active members of the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group, Francine and Bernard are also proud members of ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) and Seeds of Diversity Canada. Their goal as seed savers is to interest others to consider growing their own gardens for healthy food and to promote the joy of seed-saving while contributing to regional seed security.  

 Presentation and operation of the following seed cleaning tools :  windcolumn; sieves, baskets, bean-cleaning method as well as a presentation on the cultivation, harvest and processing of wheat and grains in general.

Registration : $10 suggestion donation, pre-registration kindly appreciated below:     

The GDDPC is excited to be able to offer this workshop for free (or by donation, suggested $10) as a result of the generous support from ACORN's Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security.

Upcoming activities

POSTPONED UNTIL JAN 20: Seed-cleaning tools and beyond !

Date: Saturday,  January 13th,  2018 (Snow date: January 20th)
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Centre 50 de Cocagne - 10 Villa Road, Cocagne NB E4R 3M6

Please note this workshop will be presented in French only, but with bilingual speakers (i.e. questions may be posed in either language)

Learn how to properly clean your own seeds, using PCDSG's hand-made tools and equipment including our wind-column seed cleaner, which works fantastically for a variety of seeds that are otherwise difficult and time-consuming to clean and sort out (grains, beans, seeds for sprouting, etc). Other tools include various sieves, baskets, flail, fans, and more. In case of a storm, the snowdate will be January 20th.

January 20: Les Cocagneries 2018

In collaboration with the Centre 50 of Cocagne and the parish committee, we are organizing a series of 3 Old Fashion Community Suppers at $10/person. Tickets will be sold in advance (200 limit). You can eat in or take out if you prefer. They will be held at Centre 50 in Cocagne January 20th, February 17th and March 17th. Storm date: following Saturday. January 20, 2018 menu: fried smelts, mashed or boiled potatoes, vegetables, blueberry cake, tea, coffee. 

These suppers are fundraisers for the Cocagne Saint-Pierre Church. Come one, come all!

For more information, please contact the Rural Community of Cocagne

January 29: The Process of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Cocagne-Grande-Digue Community

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: Notre Centre in Grande-Digue (468 route 530, Grande-Digue, NB)

A public presentation will be held Monday, January 29, at the Notre centre in Grande-Digue to share the results of an interdisciplinary research, particularly in social sciences, stemming from the ARTisticc project (Adaptation Research, a Trans-Disciplinary Transnational Community and Policy Centred Approach).

February 8: Prepare for your funeral (date subject to change)

The Green Burials and Natural Cemeteries Committee is currently organizing this free workshop. Please check our website regularly: details coming soon !

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