PROVIDENCE FARM MISSION
“Trusting in Providence, and building upon the faith-centered heritage of our founding members, we are committed to serving needs and to fostering talents of people in the Cowichan Valley, especially of those not easily accepted elsewhere, through our therapeutic community at Providence Farm. Our focus shall be upon the renewal of the body and spirit, and upon people caring for the soil, and the soil nurturing the people.”
ABOUT THE FARM
The Therapeutic Farm Program, provided by the Vancouver Island Providence Community Association (VIPCA), has served the Cowichan Valley community since 1979. Programs takes place at the picturesque Providence Farm – a working farm and regional landmark gifted to VIPCA by the Sisters of Saint Ann. Often referred to as a rural community centre, the impact of this vital program extends beyond program participants and volunteers to benefit the region (and beyond) as a hub of community action and inclusivity.
At Providence Farm, we provide a variety of innovative programs for individuals with mental health, brain injury, age-related illness, and developmental challenges. Programs are all based in Nature, whether it's horticulture, art, woodworking, nutrition, gardening, landscaping textiles, or mindfulness. We believe that caring for the land together is healing and therapeutic. Please visit us at Providence Farm! The active programming areas are restricted from public access 9am-3pm weekdays, while the Farm Fashions store, Greenhouse and Labyrinth are open & welcoming to visitors. To visit Providence House during programming hours, please check in at Reception to sign our book and receive your visitor tag.
Outside common areas including the large, heated greenhouse and pergola area may be visited during programming hours with your visitor tag.
Come and walk the labyrinth, (feel free to weed as you walk!) or visit the St. Ann's garden and trails. Here you can take a deep breath and step out of the stressful world for a while and you’ll find the air is healthy; the work, worthwhile.
We rely on public support to maintain our therapeutic community, please make your donation -plant hope; harvest joy!
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5L6, Canada
Tracy Parow, Executive Director:
Leah Boisvert, Finance & Fund Development Manager:
Stephanie Kok, Programming Manager:
Conrad Murphy, Site Manager:
Denise Gerhardt, Volunteer & Event Coordinator:
St. Ann’s Garden Club, Seniors Program,