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
The "Seeds for Life" project was launched in 2015 through a New Horizons for Seniors NB program grant from Service Canada. In order to find interested people in the region who save seeds or want to learn more on this subject, a newsletter including a survey was sent to +4,500 people.

From the survey, the “Seeds for Life” Committee was formed and it continues to grow. If you would like to receive news from the group, don’t hesitate to contact the PCSDG.

In addition, the survey allowed us to develop an inventory of seeds that are available to share in the region. If you would like to offer or receive some seeds, please contact the PCSDG who will put you in contact with the various producers.

Two documentaries were produced in collaboration with two families that have been saving their seeds for many years. The video launch was held on November 18th, 2015, in Cocagne. You can watch the documentaries here 

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On January 23rd, 2016, a workshop on saving seeds and wild edible plants was presented. Presenters Gilberte Doelle from Wild Rose Farm and Silvana Castillo and Dottie Alt from La Finquita were excellent and many questions were asked by the participants. You can find their presentations and other documents here:

The “Seeds for Life” project was also presented to the Cocagne Municipal Council. We wish to collaborate at the level of the municipal emergency plan because we are persuaded that it is essential for survival that we foresee a food depot and seed bank.

Once a year, on the first Thursday in March, a seed exchange takes place in collaboration with Transition Cocagne and the “In Giardino” garden club from Grande-Digue.

All activities are being made possible thanks to volunteers and Seed Committee partners. Thank you so much for your amazing commitment!

“Seeds for Life” Committee


Who are we? We are a committee of volunteers under the umbrella of the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group that was founded in 2015, as part of the « Seeds for Life » project, financed by Service Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors NB. The committee has 100 members (March 2006).

What are we concerned about? Saving locally-adapted and organic seeds is important to us because it ensures public access to good seeds and local food that ecologically produced. We adhere to the values of food sovereignty.

How do we operate? Everyone is a volunteer except a PCSDG coordinator. There are 3 spokespersons and 2 resource people who represent the committee during the activities and with the media. We meet on the first Monday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the PCSDG office.

What goes on during our meetings? It is a committee for the young and not so young, experts and beginners. Each one is welcome and we love to share a good find, a question or a comment at very meeting.

What are our activities? At the moment we have available to the committee, a set of sieves (8 sizes) that can be borrowed to clean seeds from our gardens and farms.

There is also an inventory of seeds, more than 40 different vegetables, herbs and flowers, to be shared in the region.

In the future, we would like to offer more workshops on learning how to use the various tools for saving seeds and to be more informed on the science behind seed saving. We would also like to create a calendar that includes tricks regarding seed saving.

How to reach us? Come to the meetings and activities of the “Seeds for Life” Committee! Contact either Bernadette, Goguen, Francine Thériault, Jocelyne Gauvin or Wiebke Tinney through the PCSDG at 576-8247.

Upcoming activities

December 11, 2018 Tuesday - Cocagne rural community council meeting

at the municipal office at 17, Marina Rd, unit 2 in Cocagne

December 12, 2018, Wednesday - Happy veggie X-mas Potluck

Centre 50, 10 Villa st in Cocagne
Sharing food, hang out with friends and ideas for transition

January 19, 2018 Saturday - Cocagnerie with fried smelts

Storm date: following Saturday
old fashion communit supper
Centre 50, 10 Villa st in Cocagne
$12/person = fundraiser for Saint-Pierre Church
Limited tickets (250) sold at Cocagne Variety and E.A. Melanson
Collaboration between Centre 50 and Cocagne parish committee

January 9, 2019 Wednesday - 201st PCSDG board meeting

PCSDG office
Join us to discuss our initiatives for sustainability in the Pays de Cocagne!

Ours Partners


The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures