A huge trash clean-up is taking place this weekend and you can be part of it. (submitted)

Coming up in Cowichan: Rye-Cycle 2.0 release, huge trash clean-up

Be part of huge garbage clean-up this weekend

Over two days in October, volunteers will be out removing illegally dumped garbage from your beautiful Cowichan Valley.

The group will be meeting at the base of Mount Prevost on Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. to set out and remove illegally dumped debris from the mountain. They will then meet again on Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Adams/Serious Coffee (Boys Road at the Trans Canada Highway) to set out and clean along the Cowichan River banks below the Silver Bridge (near McAdam Park). Look for the sign-up tent and signage.

Anyone wishing to join the clean up effort is welcome. There is a bit of paperwork to fill out prior to the event. Everyone working on Mount Prevost must sign a waiver from the Municipality of North Cowichan, a Cowichan Green Community volunteer form must be completed on the day of the event and if you intend to use your own vehicle to help haul debris to Bing’s Creek, you must pre-register your plate number to avoid having to pay tipping (dump) fees.

All Seasons Services and Hudson Proctor Contracting will be donating their time and hauling equipment (dump trucks) to help us get the debris to Bing’s.

Your hard work will be rewarded each day by a hot soup from Gibby’s at VIU and other lunch goodies. You do not have to attend a full day nor do you have to attend both sites. Any effort is greatly appreciated to keep the valley free of litter and get it off the banks of the Cowichan before it is swept downstream when the river rises. Someone will be at the sign in tent all day both days so if you can’t make it right at 9 a.m., that’s OK too!

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes/boots. If you have these and are willing to bring them, please do: a wheelbarrow, tongs for picking up litter, tarps to line your truck bed, heavy gloves, five gallon buckets to collect litter in and a drink to keep you hydrated. Cleaning supplies will be provided at site.

If you wish to participate, please send an email to lehannamarketsgreen@gmail.com requesting a waiver and information package. If you wish to register your vehicle licence plate with Bing’s Creek (CVRD) you can send your name and licence plate number to the above email address and organizers will register your vehicle for free tipping.

Any businesses willing to donate prizes, equipment, supplies, food items for the luncheon or funds toward this and/or future clean-ups can contact Lehanna Green 250-466-5351 or email lehannamarketsgreen@gmail.com

Join the planning and conversation in our group page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/keepcowichanclean/

A Facebook event page for this clean-up can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/682168498860330/

Rye-Cycle 2.0 release

reFRESH Cowichan, the Cowichan Green Community’s Food Recovery Program, has again teamed up with Small Block Brewery for another bread-beer collaboration, the second incarnation of the (in)famous Rye-Cycle Fresh Hopped “Rye-P.A.”. This is the fourth brew in a series of beers made with rye-bread donated by the local food bank that would have otherwise ended up headed for the livestock feed trough, compost heap, or landfill.

Meant to stimulate conversation on the most wasted food product on the planet (bread), the first incarnation of the Rye-Cycle brew was released in early October, 2018. Staff and managers from Small Block Brewery and reFRESH Cowichan are excited to keep this importantly delicious conversation going into the 2019 season by releasing their next collaboration on Oct. 25, almost exactly one year after the release of their initial bread-brew.

The Rye-Cycle 2.0 release takes place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Small Block Brewery, 5201 Chaster Rd. Duncan.

Word has it that Small Block will be undertaking a serious interior redesign that includes replacing their long-standing vintage truck with a motorcycle and sidecar reminiscent of the original Rye-Cycle logo design. Folks passionate about food security and craft beer will be on site to mingle and have conversations about where the Craft Beer Industry and Food Recovery intersect.

For more information on this event, please contact the Cowichan Green Community at 250-748-8506 or nathan@cowichangreencommunity

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