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
The goal is to cultivate, responsibly harvest and transform natural dyes (for textile arts and cooking among other things) in the Cocagne watershed, in order to conserve age-old knowledge, transmit it to residents, and value knowledge bearers (elders and new generations). All the while, we aim to raise awareness as to the importance of local dye plants, their ongoing protection and their uses as alternatives to chemical dyes.


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Want to try natural dyes at home?

Check out these recipe cards to dye fibres in different hues of yellow. Goldenrod, tansy and onion skins offer a rich array of colour in the yellow family.

Start with the What you need, Mordanting and General information cards, then begin dyeing with the plant of your choice!

A brief history

People have been dyeing fibres with plants for thousands of years; it’s only at the turn of the last century that synthetic dyes gained popularity, and they have almost replaced natural dyes.

Cocagne Country Colours is a project that aims to relearn and teach knowledge about natural dyes through workshops, practical educational cards and much more.

Join in on the natural dye inventory

Starting this spring, we’re organizing an inventory of natural dyes in the area and everyone can participate! Consult and print the inventory template to find natural dye plants in your surroundings (on your land or on someone else’s who has given you permission to do their inventory). Fill in the boxes and send the filled-in inventory back to us at the end of the season (end of fall).

This way, we’ll be building a map together of local natural dye plants and we’ll know where we can responsibly and sustainably harvest them.


Thank you and have fun!

Upcoming activities

OUTING IS FULL Sept 26, 2020 Saturday - Mushroom hunt

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) in collaboration with the Ami.e.s de la Nature Sud Est, invites you to a mushroom outing. Come learn about the rich diversity of mushrooms in our forests. Please bring a mask and register in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 576-8247. Hope to see you!

When? Saturday September 26, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Or? Sentier de Cocagne, near # 1539 Route 535 in Cocagne (near Goguen Lumber and exit 15 of Highway 11)
With? Raymonde Chartier, mycologist and Stuart Tingley, fungi lover

For more information www.ecopaysdecocagne.ca

August 28, 2020 - Living shorelines workshop with Rosemarie Lohnes

A theoretical and practical workshop on a natural approach to dealing with coastal erosion will be presented in Shediac by Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal inc.

This approach, called "Living Shorelines", is done manually with minimal mechanical intervention. It improves the health of the coastal ecosystem while protecting your property.

Come and learn more about the theory and practice of this proven ecological method, which represents an environmentally friendly alternative to fixed structures or rip rap.

Friday, August 28th
Theoretical session: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Shediac Multipurpose Centre, 58 Festival Street.
Lunch break: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Please bring your lunch.
Hands-on session: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm - The location will be announced in the morning at the workshop.

The workshop will be organized in accordance with Covid-19 prevention measures. Please bring your mask. Facebook event here.

For more information :

Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Tel: (506) 506-533-8880 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or

Julie Cormier, Director, Vision H2O
Tel:  (506) 577-2071    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sept 19, 2020 - Cocagne community garden community dinner - Salted porc and boiled vegetables with dessert

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Center 50, 10 rue Villa in Cocagne
$ 12 / adult and $ 6 for children 12 and under
Tickets on sale from August 25, 2020 at E.A. Melanson and Cocagne Variety, Marc Picard 1(506)878-3032 or Yvan Picard 1(506)531-5327
The activity will follow the rules of prevention of covid-19. Please bring a mask.
Take-out meals available.

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