Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
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Louis-Émile Cormier and Stuart Tingley present the abundance of pollinators and the plants that attract our busy friends during the Cocagneries festival held on Sunday, August 6th at the Cocagne Marina. Interested in learning how you can support pollinators?

The presentation offered by Louis-Émile Cormier, Stuart Tingley and Wiebke Tinney at the GDDPC/PCSDG exhibit offered visitors a glimpse into the importance of pollinators for our natural environment and our food supply.

Many people think of honey bees when they think of pollinators, but did you know that New Brunswick is home to so many more wild pollinators, ranging from wasps, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, butterflies, beetles, ants and hummingbirds?  We rely on all of these different pollinating species for fruit, flowers, and much of our food.  How can we encourage our native, wild pollinators?

Plants that act like magnets for our precious species of wild pollinators are abundant in the Spring, and at this time of year, those rare flowering plants are ever more important to the survival of our pollinating friends, helping them to survive the seasonal ups and downs of available blooms and blossoms.  Plant pollinator magnets in bloom right now include:  golden rod, swamp milkweed (a favourite of monarch butterflies), white sweet clover, yarrow, spreading dog mint, sweet nightshade, and more!

To help our pollinators, we can leave our curbs to grow naturally, and leave wild hedgerows along our fields and driveways, as well as floral strips around the garden or simply letting the "grass" (often full of naturally attractive species for pollinators) grow. A beautiful field with wild flowers delights our eyes and gives food and shelter to pollinators at the same time.

The GDDPC is also excited to announce that we received a grant for $2,250 from Wildlife Preservation Canada to purchase seeds and plants that attract pollinators.  Want to know more?  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
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Wednesday March 29, 2017, 11 members of the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group, meet at the Passage Funeral Home Cooperative in Shediac Bridge NB.

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During this year of Canada 150 and Cocagne 250 celebrations, the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group is requesting your input.

We are looking for stories about food. Whether it is food production, processing or eating, we want to hear your stories. You can decide to share something you’ve learned from your parents or something you’ve discovered on your own. We want to gather what is part of our heritage, our own history.
Some examples :

‘’Supposedly blue potatoes are the best potatoes to eat with salt herring!’’
‘’My grandfather grew ‘Scarlet Runner Beans’. I have always planted these and have seed to share.’’
‘’I always make my grandmother’s clam chowder recipe. Happy to give you the recipe.’’
‘’The first greens we eat in the spring are dandelion greens’’

You most certainly have some of these traditional and family knowledge gems that we would so love to know about and share with others.
Please let us know if you are interested in helping us grow our local knowledge bank. We could meet with you, talk over the phone, exchange emails, photos or videos… Any way is good!
Thank you for sharing this message
We are looking forward to hearing from you

Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group
C .P. 1035, Cocagne, NB E4R 1N6
506-576-8247, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ecopaysdecocagne.ca
The Atlantic Canada Shorebird Survey (ACSS) began monitoring several sites where birds stop. The members of ACSS monitor migratory bird populations and ensure they continue to be able to rely on these major areas during migration.

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The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group invites you to participate in the CORRIDORS project to increase natural habitat connectivity in the Cocagne watershed.

Want to help conserve the biological biodiversity of the Cocagne watershed? Contact the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group at 576-8247.

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Seeds for Life committee met with Beauséjour MP and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dominic LeBlanc in Shediac.

From June 1 to june 24 2017, visit the Centre culturel de Kent-Sud to admire the visual arts work of the students of the schools of the region. Among these original works are illustrations of a book entitled "In the Hands of the Children" that was commissioned by the GDDPC. These illustrations were created by Mrs. Emerise Leblanc Nowlan and are on sale. Proceeds will support gardening activities at Ecole Blanche-Bourgeois in Cocagne.
Denise LeBlanc, collaborator and member of the PCSDG’s GREEN CEMETERIES committee speaks to the CBC about green burials.

Upcoming activities

“Terra Madre Acadie’’ supper

POSTPONED

Date, time and details to be announced.

In honor of its 250 years of abundance, Slow Food Cocagne Acadie is happy to present its « 3rd gastronomic supper Terra Madre Acadie ». An idyllic evening where your hosts will set off your taste buds bursting your senses with a 5-service delight inspired by the resilience and happy go lucky lifestyle of the Cocagnaises et des Cocagnais.


For tickets and information:
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506 576-2202, www.cocagne.ca

August 26: Willow Basket Weaving Demonstration

Saturday, August 26 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Albert County Museum, Hopewell Cape, NB




Learn how to make a basket from willow branches. Drop in and watch basket weavers. Feel free to ask questions and take pictures. This demonstration will be offered in both French and English. 

9 septembre : « Slow & Sloppy » Orchard Picnic


« Slow & Sloppy » Orchard Picnic

September 9 – 6:00 pm – Marcel Goguen Farm

Slow Food Cocagne Acadie is inviting you to take part in its 6th edition of “Slow & Sloppy”. Join us in a culinary experience abounding of local fresh seasonal products! An event where Cocagne’s 250th will be celebrated in a special way. Music, sing-alongs around a campfire will be part of the evening’s entertainment.

For tickets and information:
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506 576-2202, www.cocagne.ca

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures