35th Anniversary Art Show and Celebrations

Celebrating Providence: A community wide collection of art depicting the iconic Providence House in celebration of our 35th year of programing.

The 35th Anniversary raffle is now closed and winners are listed below.  Thanks to everyone that participated.

35th Anniversary Raffle

1st prize – “Keep Warm … Artfully”Winner Peter Bontkes
Valued at $3,500 includes:

Handcrafted Blanket Box made by Andrew Brown, Providence Farm Woodworking Program Coordinator; Alder wood with walnut inlays and inside cedar panels

Hand-woven wool blanket made and donated by Leola Witt, Leola’s Studio; 100% Cowichan Valley Fibre

Gift Certificate to South Island Fireplace & Spas for $500 towards the purchase of a Pacific Energy Woodstove or Gas Fireplace (donated by Alan Jackson)

Truckload of Providence Farm firewood, delivered (within a 25 km radius)

Original art painted and donated by Dale Nigel Goble (“Winter Scene, Quebec”), acrylic on canvas

Exquisite crystalline stoneware made and donated by Chip Nary, Crystalline Vortex Pottery

Silk hand-painted cushion made and donated by Clare Carver

Wool neck cowl made and donated by Sara Pedscalny, Humana Creations

2nd prize – “A Total Tea Experience”  Winner Bill Winter
Valued at $350 includes:

Teafarm ‘Tea & Sweet Pairing for 4’ and Teafarm ‘Starter Kit’ includes a Cowichan Caravan tin, organic loose tea sample pack, and accessories donated by The Tea Farm

Handcrafted teapot and mugs , made by Al Knutson, Knut Pottery Plus, donated by Carmen Timmermans

Hand-painted napkin set made and donated by Pipi Home Decor

Handcrafted wooden serving tray, made by Andrew Brown, Providence Farm Woodworking Program Coordinator

Selection of homemade jams by Beverley Smith

3rd Prize – “Fresh Farm Food”  Winner Maureen Dias
Valued at $350 includes:

2015 Providence Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) , 16 weeks, during the 2015 growing season, of your choice of fresh, organically grown, Providence Farm produce and fruit, plus six dozen Farm eggs

4th Prize – “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”  Winner Margaret
Valued at $350 includes:

Four tickets t Providence Farm`s `Farm Dance Under the Stars` in June 2015
$50 Gift Certificate to Rock Cod Cafe in Cowichan Bay
Autographed copy of “Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands` by Don Genova
$50 Gift Certificate to Cure Artisan Meat and Cheese
Handcrafted wood cutting board made and donated by Live Edge Design
90 Minute Ayurvedic massage provided and donated by Asrael Zemenick

5th Prize – “Cook with Don Genova”  Winner Jack Hain
Valued at $350 includes:

Cooking class for six with Don Genova, at Providence Farm, including all materials
Autographed copy of Don’s recently published book, “Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands”

6th Prize – “Dinner for You and Five of Your Closest Friends”  Winner Julius Hayek
Valued at $350 includes:

Private dinner party for six, at Providence Farm, prepared by Providence Farm Kitchen Program  Head, Star Maracle

7th Prize – “Gardening Glory”  Winner Ed Halter
Valued at $35 includes:

$35 Gift Certificate to the Nursery/Greenhouse at Providence Farm, and a pair of gardening gloves

8th Prize – “Making Ends Meet”  Winner Brad Tomlin
Valued at $35 includes:

Two hand-made wooden end tables, built in the St. Ann’s Garden Club Seniors’ Program at Providence Farm

9th Prize – “Keep Your Friends Close and Your Farmers Closer”  Winner Bob Lewis
Valued at $35 includes:

Very cool Providence Farm t-shirt and ball cap

10th Prize – “Plant Joy and Harvest Hop”  Winner Gail Colk
Valued at $35 includes:

Wooden planter box, made in the St. Ann’s Garden Club Seniors’ Program at Providence Farm





Fresh Produce From the Farm

Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest


We are just in the process of getting ready for another great season, keep checking back here for updates and produce lists.

Tom in GH

Providence Village Housing Society

Join Us 2Providence Village Housing Society

The Providence Village Housing Society was incorporated under the BC Society Act on June 29, 2009, for the purpose of planning, developing and operating a supportive and sustainable community, with affordable and market rental housing for people to live independently.  The proposed site of the development is a 35-acre parcel of land leased from the Vancouver Island Providence Community Association.


The Providence Village Housing Society’s mission is to build a supportive and sustainable community, which will emphasize social cohesiveness, cooperation, mutual respect and the honouring of diversity. Residents will have a sense of belonging and security, will participate in the community and feel that their contributions are valued. The values of the village development and its residents will be consistent with the mission of Providence Farm.

Development Plans

Providence Farm has a history of creating opportunities for people to learn and grow together in community. It is intended that the village development will continue this vision of creating new beginnings for a wide range of individuals and families.

It is planned that this new community will live lightly on the land; the existing trails and forested beauty will continue to be available for all to enjoy; roadways will be minimized; walking and access trails for individuals with disabilities will be a priority.  Residents will be encouraged to take part in the care and management of the beautiful setting and, when appropriate, take part in activities and events central to Providence Farm.  A commercial space, community hall, hospice and, of course, housing are all being considered in the planning.

For more information regarding the Providence Village Housing Society and its plans to develop affordable and market rental housing, or to become a member and support its mission, please contact:

Reta Flanagan, Recording Secretary, Providence Village Housing Society – retaflanagan@shaw.ca

Jack Hutton, Vice Chair, Providence Village Housing Society – jandchutton@shaw.ca

SAGC Plant Sale


Saturday April 25th, 2015
9:00am – 2:00pm

This fundraiser for St. Ann’s Garden Club takes place outside in St. Ann’s Garden. You’ll find Farm raised and donated plants for sale as well as garden products made by the seniors. Our annual Farm Garage Sale happens in conjunction with the plant sale so you never know what treasures you may go home with.Plant Sale Ad 2015

One of the master gardeners, ready to dispense advice

Master Gardeners


Contact Maria for more information.

More info on St. Ann’s Garden Club…