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, the mission of PCSDG to catalyze citizen engagement for the viability of communities has become more and more necessary in the food sector.

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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
NEW! See the final report 2019-2020 Food Sovereignty in Pays de Cocagne (in French)


Upcoming activities

August 24, 2021 - Hands on workshop Living shorelines in Caraquet

Organized in collaboration with the Acadian Peninsula Regional Services Commission, Vision H2O and the Shediac Bay Watershed Association
8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn techniques to naturally reinforce the coastline
With Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal
20$, register and pay online here
For more info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 727-7979

August 26, 2021 - Hands on workshop Living shorelines in Cocagne

Organized in collaboration with the Acadian Peninsula Regional Services Commission, Vision H2O and the Shediac Bay Watershed Association
8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cocagne Marina
Learn techniques to naturally reinforce the coastline
With Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal
20$, register and pay online here
*Pay only 10$ at the door if you are a Cocagne residents thanks to the Cocagne rural community!
More infos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 576-8247

Sept 10, 2021 - textile arts market

5 to 8 pm
Bouctouche Farmers' Market, 9 Irving Blvd in Bouctouche
Kiosks of Cocagne Country Colours (naturally dyed wool), basketry, pottery and more
Organized by the South Kent Cultural Society
Local artists and artisans wanted, contact
Phone: 506-743-8600 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sept 12, 2021 - Basket weaving workshop with Ralph Simpson

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the Centre culturel Kent-Sud, 5 Irving Blvd, Bouctouche, NB E4S 3J3
As part of the Bouctouche Ecofestival
With Ralph Simpson (in English)
Space is limited, cost $100 and $20 deposit before the workshop to reserve your spot
More info and registration: Contact 576-8247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sept 18, 2021 - Community supper for JCCCG - Boiled dinner with apple crisp

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Center 50, 10 Villa Street in Cocagne
13$ adult and $7 for children 12 and under
Tickets on sale starting August 27, 2021 at E.A. Melanson, Cocagne Variety or Irving, Marc Picard (506) 878-3032 or Yvan Picard (506) 531-5327
The activity will follow the rules of prevention of covid-19. Masks recommended.
Take-out meals available.

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