Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (GDDPC) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities.
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Let's protect our wetlands!

Encourage and collect observations of plants, birds, mammals and all other forms of life in the Cocagne river watershed (Pays de Cocagne).
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Let's count on ecology

Ecological planning deals primarily with restoring natural habitats and introducing native plants suitable for the area.
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Community action

Citizens of Cocagne recognize the importance of community mitigation and adaptation measures in the face of climate change.
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By taking care of the environment, we take care of ourselves

Developing activities and partnerships in the Cocagne watershed to promote an understanding of sustainable development respectful of nature, food, culture, economy and social justice.
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Youth

The GDDPC has developed an environmental education program through outdoor learning for youth in Southeastern New Brunswick.
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Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (GDDPC) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities.
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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! Check out our Facebook page!





Acknowledgments

We acknowledge the financial contribution of New Horizons for Seniors from Service Canada, the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture NB and Agriculture NB.


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Upcoming activities

TBD 2022 - Community root cellar opening

7 p.m.
At Centre 50, 10 Villa Street in Cocagne
We invite you to the official opening of the first community cellar in New Brunswick including the first solar system on a community building in Cocagne. We will be thanking the volunteers and partners who have made this great project possible for Food Sovereignty in Cocagne Country. There will be music, food and surprises.

Let's celebrate the first harvest, abundance and community spirit!

Latest News

Naturalization of a rock wall using the Living Shorelines approach

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) is happy to share the results of the hands-on workshop presented by Helping Nature Heal. The workshop was held on Tuesday August 23 2022 at the Cocagne Community Park, adjacent to the Cocagne Marina.


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Educational program

Action and education in Southeastern New-Brunswick
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Natural protection of coastal and riparian lands
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Seeds for life

Directory of organic, non-GMO, heritage or heirloom seed suppliers
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Cocagne Country Colors

Cultivate, responsibly harvest and transform natural dyes in the Cocagne watershed
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Natural burial

A question and answer guide to planning a natural funeral and burial.
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What is the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) is a non-profit organization which works in the Cocagne Bay and River Watershed, in South-East New Brunswick, Canada. Managed by a Board of volunteers, the PCSDG works with communities since 2000. Grande-Digue, Cocagne, Notre-Dame, Irishtown and Grand Saint-Antoine are part of the territory. It is made up of 3000 primary residences and many summer residences.

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