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
For over 16 years the PCSDG has been involved in many projects within its community, including food security. Today, in 2016, the mission of PCSDG to catalyze citizen engagement for the viability of communities has become more and more necessary in the food sector.


It’s urgent! In the document entitled Local Food Systems and Sustainable Communities, G. Feenstra states: “The long term health of a community’s food system is an important indicator of its vibrancy and viability. It is possible to revitalize a community, in a logical and appropriate manner, by creating a local food economy. An appropriate and diversified diet contributes to people’s health. Furthermore, the way food is grown, distributed and eaten has an enormous impact on the community’s environmental, spiritual and economic well-being.”

In a very brief history of food insecurity in Canada, we would simply read: poverty has spread and gotten worse; food insecurity has appeared and worsened – Lynn McIntyre and Krista Rondeau, 2009

Food constitutes one of the main human needs, in addition to being an important determinant of health and human dignity. There is an abundance of food here in the Pays de Cocagne! Though not always available to everyone! No person in the Pays de Cocagne should have to live with hunger! We and our partners can do something.

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For us, at the PCSDG, the Pays de Cocagne consists of Grande Digue, Cocagne South, Cocagne North, Cocagne Cape, Cocagne Cove, Notre-Dame, Caissie Cape and Saint-Martin. Added on is the Saint-Antoine region and part of the Irishtown region. This represents a population of over 8,045 people. According to the latest statistics, the population of these regions has slightly increased.

The meaning of the name Pays de Cocagne is, in the European imagination, a kind of earthly paradise, a miraculous country where nature overflows with generosity for its inhabitants and guests. Far from famines and wars, Cocagne is a land of festivals and feasts. This describes us so well!

The Pays de Cocagne food program will aim to establish:
  • A community food charter for the Pays de Cocagne region.
  • Partnerships with local, provincial and federal organizations in order to reinforce community capacity to meet the food needs of all citizens of the Pays de Cocagne.
  • Partnerships with non-profit community organizations that assist low-income individuals in the community.
  • Implementation of initiatives that complement or complete services offered in the community.
  • A supply of food and a storage plan for basic food needs during periods of individual and community emergency.

The Pays de Cocagne food program will have 6 components:

  • Food charter or Action plan for the Pays de Cocagne region.
  • Education: Teaching kitchens, workshops, discussions, collective kitchens.
  • Social Enterprises/Solidarity Cooperatives, i.e.: (Soup du jour, Copains, Tartefines or Tortonis, Les Gourmandises), Commercial Kitchen for transformation and production, and a Catering Kitchen to showcase our local products, a Café Restaurant and a Public Market.
  • Community Food Volunteers and Mentors to undertake gleaning, U-picks, processing, preservation, storage of food, for short and long term.
  • Community Gardens, vegetable gardens, gleaning.
  • Communications: communication plan, blogs, website and videos.

The Pays de Cocagne food program will be made up one or more working groups to:
  • Study and develop a food charter.
  • Study the Social Enterprise/Worker Cooperative component in order to create a commercial kitchen that would produce artisanal products based on local products, i.e. Soup du Jour, Copains, Tartefines, Gourmandises du Pays de Cocagne, among others.
  • Create a network of volunteers and CFMs that are passionate about community nutrition, as well as a training plan, support and appreciation for the group.

Upcoming activities

March 30, 2019 Saturday - FORUM ON AGRICULTURE value our agricultural sector

A more detailed schedule of the day is under development, organized by the Kent Regional Service Commission (KRSC)
Acadieville Community Center
For more information :
Maurice Maillet, President, (506) 744-0727, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roger Richard, Member of the Organizing Committee (506) 775-2807, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 14, 2019 Sunday - Teachings on planting calendar and the 4 elements

with Rosmary Tayler, from Earth Haven Learning Center
10am to 3pm
Notre Centre, 468 Route 530, Grande Digue NB E4R 5K3
$ 30 dinner included, $ 50 for 2 people from the same household, $ 20 student
Please register and pay to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Interac transfer)

April 27, 2019 Saturday - Actions for the Earth

9am to 5pm

9 to 12am Shoreline clean-up in Cocagne
Meeting in front of the Pelican restaurant
Material and dinner provided!

1 to 2:30pm Workshop Identification of local trees
with Rémi Donelle, meeting at 4599 route 530 in Grande-Digue.
+ Plant your own butterfly garden
with Louis-Émile Cormier and Stuart Tingley

3:30 pm to 5 pm Presentation on energy efficiency of houses
with Robert Robichaud, NB Power Advisor
+ Participate in the energy efficiency program with PCSDG
Location remains to be confirmed.

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures