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

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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Holly the stuffed Rottweiler has been missing from the front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)
Holly the stuffed Rottweiler is missing from Duncan shop

Toy dog missing from front of Lucky Dog U-Bath since Feb.24

Martha Jane McHardy displays her knitwear in one of the windows at Imagine That! in Duncan this month. (Submitted)
Arts and Entertainment column: Lots to see in Duncan in March

Funding success, painters show, folk art, tell your COVID story

The Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan Lake is a sight to behold. Funding for the expansion of the Shawnigan Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Citizen file)
Shawnigan Museum expansion gets $480,000

Funds from Government of Canada Legacy Fund - Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
Cowichan Valley mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Clockwise from top left: Malahat First Nation Chief George Harry and councillors Steve Henry and Cindy Harry address community members in a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Screenshot)
Malahat Nation confirms first two cases of COVID-19

Community has been under stay-at-home order since Jan. 7

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the B.C. legislature press theatre to give a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic, April 6, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. nears 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations, essential workers next

564 new cases, four deaths, no new outbreaks Thursday

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Canada’s hockey dad had battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues

Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 4, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals, NDP sing in harmony on local election reforms

Bill regulates paid canvassers, allows people in condo buildings

The intersection of Melrose Street and Third Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Suspect in custody after two pedestrians struck in Port Alberni hit and run

RCMP asking for video footage, credit witnesses for quick arrest

(National Emergency Management Agency)
No tsunami risk to B.C. from powerful New Zealand earthquake: officials

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake shook the north of New Zealand Thursday morning

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox Valley RCMP raid Courtenay problem house, several arrests made

Comox Valley RCMP conducted a raid of a problem house on 20th… Continue reading

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Pandemic stress, isolation key factors as to why Canadians turned to cannabis, alcohol

Study found that isolation played key role in Canadians’ substance use

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

Most Read