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! 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

1st August 2021 - Monarch Butterfly release

Date and time to be determined
Cocagne Marina
Come and learn about Monarch butterflies, see the caterpillars, the butterflies and their favorite plants!
We will be releasing fifteen Monarch butterflies to celebrate Biodiversity Month.
Plant a garden for pollinators - we have plants to donate!
Free family activity, but donations are always welcome!

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
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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!
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Our Partners

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