The kitchen program is a vibrant area of the Farm. Nutritional and cooking skills are learnt daily during the preparation and service of the Farm lunch.
Staff, participants and the general public come together to enjoy a delicious meal, Monday to Friday at 12:30pm. Community members wishing to join us are welcome by calling the main office at 250-746-4204 to reserve the day prior. A reservation does not guarantee a table, but notifies the kitchen staff to prepare enough food.
We ask for a suggested donation of $7 per person. For larger groups, catering options are also available for lunch. Please contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The kitchen program also works closely with other areas of the farm to create a sustainable operation. Fresh produce and eggs from the farm are used and served in the daily Farm lunches when in season. In addition, vegetable peelings from the kitchen are contributed to the farms compost pile and table scraps turn into a tasty snack for the farm’s animals.
Greenways is the largest of our three umbrella programs, having just under one hundred spaces per week (one space equals one participant for a six hour day). This program has been operating for 38 years.
The Greenways participants come to us with a variety of different backgrounds and needs, the only one of our programs to serve such a diversified group: Mental Illness, Substance Use, Developmental Challenges, and Brain Injuries. This Therapeutic Program has an emphasis on Horticultural Therapy, Life Skills, and Vocational Preparation and Training. The Greenways Program follows a Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) model.
Part of the Farms appeal is the programs meet the needs of the individual and the individual feeds the program. At present these programs include Wood Working, Kitchen Program, Art Studio, the Greenhouse Nursery, the Textiles Program, Farm Fashions, Computer Lab, Animal Care, Raised Bed Gardening, Yoga, Well Being Group, Farm Fit and a number of other workshops, trainings and educational experiences. We have something for everyone.
All participants initially enter into our assessment stream allowing opportunity for us to get to know them and decipher how we can effectively meet their needs. In turn, the participant gets a feel for the farm and its possibilities. Our participants are here for therapy. Depending on the reasoning for the participants engagement in programming deciphers the amount of time they would remain in program. This can range from months to years. When visiting the farm please remember that this is a sanctuary for very vulnerable people.
We are serious about our mission and want to help as many people in this Valley as possible. But of course this is a community enterprise, we need your support and your help, your thoughts, your social media, your purchasing power, your desire to make the Valley even better, more loving, more creative and even more a paradise.
Segues provides daily programming for a group of mentally and physically challenged men requiring a slightly higher level of staff supports than that of the Greenways participants. These individuals have a variety of programming with an emphasis on seasonal agricultural activities which provide a direct connection to nature. There is an emphasis on the benefits of horticultural therapy which is a specialty of the farm's philosophy.
The Segues team can be thanked for holding a very large part in our grounds keeping and maintenance of the beautiful gardens around the farm. Activities also include recycling, firewood program, apple cider production, seasonal decorations and event set up. Some of the Segues crews access Greenways programming as a means of further social interaction and skill development. The program is run by three staff and the participants are assigned into crews amongst the staff.
SAGC was founded on the basis of horticultural therapy. The program is dedicated to older adults and seniors with age related dementia or serious mental illness and/or substance use issues. The program provides opportunities for participants to reduce social isolation, improve physical strength and develop relationships among the group, ultimately assisting the participants to continue living independently in their communities.
Along with Horticultural Therapy, the program offers arts and crafts, woodworking, board and card games, music and sing alongs. As well the woodworking shop and arts program produce garden paraphernalia such as bean trestles and mason bee house. The Saint Ann’s Garden Club is run by two staff and a number of fabulous volunteers.
SAGC is partially funded through the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Other funding is found through fundraising efforts and events of Providence Farm, generous donations from the local community, grants from foundations and user fees.
User fees are $10 per day.
Program hours: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Tuesday through Friday
Click the link for a printable brochure of the St. Ann’s Garden Club program - SAGC-Brochure.pdf
One-on-one participants have individualized programming with a strong focus on the development of life skills and integrating the individual into community. Programming is customized to the needs of these individuals; they will often join into our umbrella programs for tailored durations of time and activity. Giving them a chance to work alongside other staff and participants as a means of socialization, involvement in group based activities and an opportunity to enjoy the many fun and rewarding program areas we offer. One on ones can be privately funded please call and ask for our programs manager.
With great thanks to the Victoria Foundation, we have developed a healing garden in the form of a living labyrinth.
Landscapes and architecture that heals is not a new venture. From traditional medicine wheels, to small monastery gardens of the Benedictine monks, the use of plants and gardens for benefiting health is a long tradition, as is the design of space and buildings. And so the tradition continues here at Providence Farm.
In our work on the farm, we recognize the simple benefit of a well-placed bench overlooking the inspiring Mt Tzouhalem and washed over with sounds of a trickling creek and mother birds. Or the positive affect of a raised garden bed made accessible to our many therapeutic participants. And now we seek to delve deeper into positive affect of nature and design on health, by using the design of a labyrinth, known for its contemplative and health benefits, in a garden designed specifically to bring about positive affect.
A healing garden is one that promotes a relief of symptoms, reduce stress, and improve an overall sense of wellbeing.
In the study of neuroscience and our environment, is noted that certain landscapes have the ability to induce calming effects on our brain and bodies. The effects of sound, light, sight, touch, smell, distance have all been studied, and it is from these that we will draw our answers to questions like, what species will we choose to plant, how will we manage sound and smell, and where will the benches be located.
We invite you to join us in this great venture.