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Public presentation on : Source for small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency

November 20, 2013

This event is presented by Renewable NB and the Shediac Bay Association in partnership with Transition Cocagne, The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group and Transition Cocagne .

Date: December 3rd from 7-9 pm

Venue: Shediac Multifunction center- 58 Festival St, Shédiac

There will be two bilingual video presentations :

Moving Forward – Allons de l’avant

Our Energy Future – Notre avenir énergétique

The guest speaker, Woody Thompson CANSIA Certified Installer will give a presentation in English on Residential Solar Power & Solar Water Heating Systems.

Efficiency NB – Hector Doiron will talk about Efficiency NB’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program and will share available resources for new construction.

For more information, please call 506-778-8591

Questions and Refreshments to follow

Cider-making Workshop with Claude Jolicoeur

November 14, 2013

Transition Cocagne along with Slow Food Cocagne Acadie are holding an apple cider-making workshop on December 7 and 8th at Cocagne River Orchard 501 Chemin Cocagne Sud with Claude Jolicoeur a cider-making master and award winner from Quebec and author of The New Cider Maker’s Handbook, a book which is acclaimed as the most comprehensive reference on cider making.

This two day bilingual workshop will introduce you to the art of cider making as you create your own 19 or 23 litre batch (24 to 30 wine bottles). Participants will also receive Claude Jolicoeur’s book the New Cider Makers Handbook (a 50$ value). The workshop will be from 9am to 4pm — Bring your lunch

The cost is $200 or $170 for Slow Food members and includes the full two days of workshop plus the apple juice and the book. Prices for couples that include one batch of cider and one book is 320 $ /couple. 

You must supply your own primary fermentation bucket for the workshop. Additionally, some other basic equipment will be required to permit completing the fermentation:, 19 (or 23) liter carboy, racking tube and hydrometer. We can arrange for beginner kits to be bought at the workshop for about $80 and these will last a lifetime of future cider/wine/beer making.

Register by November 30th though places are limited and first come, first served.

To register email at or call 506-227-8032 (Rémi)

Claude Jolicoeur started making cider in 1988 using a “no-compromise” approach, stubbornly searching for the highest possible quality. Since then, he has been a regular contributor to cider making forums, and his ciders have earned many awards and medals at competitions, including a Best of Show at the prestigious Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). For more information on Jolicoeur’s The New Cider Maker’s Handbook please see





Next activity – Introduction to lactofermentation Nov 10th

October 31, 2013

with owners of Broadfork Organic Farm of Nova Scotia

Lactofermentation is a natural and ecological food conservation method. This
method allows us to conserve vegetables and their nutritional value without
energy consumption and without the addition of chemical preservatives. The
workshop will allow us to learn the technique using fresh organic vegetables
in season. Everyone will take home 3 jars of lactofermenting vegetables (2 –
500ml mason jars and 1, 1litre mason jar) Vegetables and jars are included
in the workshop price .

Date and place : Sunday November 10th, 2013, 1-4pm, Centre 50 (Club d’âge
d’Or de Cocagne), Cocagne, NB

RSVP- the number of participants is limited so first come , first serve.
Please register by email: .

The cost is $55 per person and $50 for Slow food Cocagne Acadie and
Transition Cocagne members.

Info : 506-227-8032 or

Presentation of development of renewable energies

October 22, 2013

The CDR- Acadie, Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group and Transition Cocagne would like to invite you to a presentation et discussion on The potential of development of renewable energies with the COOP model.
The invited speaker is Martin Gagnon, director of la Coopérative de développement regional du Bas-St-Laurent et de la Côte-Nord. During the presentation, you will learn how to reduce your electricity bill.

 The activity will be Tuesday October 29 at 6:30pm at the Blanche-Bourgeois School.
This presentation will be in French. 

Community breakfast featuring local products on Sunday April 21

April 11, 2013

Transition Cocagne, an initiative of the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group, will be hosting a community breakfast featuring products from Southeastern NB, Sunday April 21 st, 2013 from 8am to 12pm at the Club 50 d’âge d’Or in Cocagne.

Tickets are available at the door. The cost is 10$ for adults and 5$ for children (under 12).

Art and Nature Expo in Cocagne

April 11, 2013

The Cocagne sustainable development group is organising it’s annual expo with the theme Art and Nature in Notre Dame.

Transition Cocagne is participating by organising a local products breakfast in Cocagne on Sunday the 21st.

The schedule of activities:

Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm: Guest speaker,

Learning to identify ducks, Louis-Émile Cormier,

École Blanche-Bourgeois, Cocagne

Friday, April 19

1:30pm – 4pm > Art Expo – All are welcome

*ITEMS for sale

Where > École Notre-Dame (3860 Route 115)

5pm > STONE soup (5$/per.)

_ Prepared by chef Diane Savoie

Where > Scout Camp of Notre-Dame

6pm – 10pm > Outdoor activities – For all

_ Music, poetry, storytelling, campfire, stargazing

Where > Scout camp grounds in Notre-Dame

Saturday, April 20

8:30am – > Nature walk – “Discovering Ducks”

Where > Departing from Cocagne Motel parking

9:30am – 11:30am > Hike in the forest – All are welcome

(*Appropriate footwear required)

Where > Departing from École Notre-Dame parking (3860,

Route 115)

Sunday April 21

8:00am – Noon > Community breakfast of local products

$10 adults, $5 children

Where > Club 50 d’âge d’Or, Cocagne

2012-2013 FOOD FILM SERIES – To Make a Farm

March 15, 2013

When: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 7 pm

Where:Cafeteria of the École entrepreneuriale communautaire Blanche- Bourgeois of Cocagne, NB. Entrance from Route 535, Cocagne, NB.

Price of admission: A contribution of your choice is strongly encouraged to allow us to organize more activities.

Director: Steve Suderman


** A discussion with Alyson Chisholm of

WINDY HILL FARM and Lucia Stephen of ACORN will take place after the viewing of the film and a snack of local products will be served.


Five young people without farming backgrounds embark on making their farming dreams a reality. Starting from scratch, they meet the risk and challenges of this demanding profession with imagination, passion, and sacrifice. Intimate and beautifully photographed, this documentary offers a hopeful look at small-scale food production.

Gardeners meeting

March 7, 2013

If you like gardening, Transition Cocagne is organising an informal get together on Thursday March 14th at 7:00 Pm to help plan the 2013 planting season. It is an informal discussion and seed exchange between gardeners who want to share their knowledge, tricks, and cherished varieties.

Bring your garden plan, leftover seeds, catalogues, and questions.  The meeting will take place at the offices of the Pays de Cocagne Sutainable Development Group (4585 Route 134, Cocagne) You can invite your friends. BYOB

Local breakfast this sunday February 10th

February 8, 2013

There will be a breakfast this Sunday February 10th from 8:00am to 12 pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Come eat after your shoveling!

This year a local musician, Mario Le Breton, will provide some entertainment during the morning.

New at the breakfast this year – Local food sale

February 1, 2013

There will be a kiosk selling local food during the community breakfast on February 10th. This is an initiative of Diane Savoie, a local resident. So far the kiosk will have:
• Products from Bernadette Goguen of Marcel Goguen farm (jellies, juice, garlic, peppers, dried apples)
• Herbs from Ginette Goulet, l’Oasis des fines herbes
• Products from the garden of Jocelyne Gauvin (dried flowers, dried garlic and more)
• Honey from different local producers

The kiosk is available to more producers. Diane is looking for a variety of items to sell such as:
• Produce from the garden ( squash, garlic, ect)
• Baking products such as breads, desserts, pies
• Grains or Beans
• Preserves, pickles, homemade relish

If you are interested in selling products please contact Diane Savoie for more details 955-9203 or .