Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Ecofish Research and The Old House Notary Present



Celebrating 30 years of stewardship in the Comox Valley

September 9, 2023
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at 40 KNOTS Winery

Purchase Tickets

$120 per person until Sept 1, $140 thereafter

Tax receipt available for 50% or more of the ticket price 

in support of

Project Watershed


Kus-kus-sum Unpave Paradise

Photo by Dave Ingram Photography

 We are very excited to commemorate 30 years of stewardship at our 2023 Keeping It Living Dinner this fall. Please join us at 40 KNOTS Winery on September 9 from 5 pm – 8 pm as we enjoy food, wine and music from the Comox Valley while celebrating ecological restoration and watershed research in our community Check out our Annual Report page to see all the things we have to celebrate! 

To help us celebrate in style, we have partnered with local superstars including 40 KNOTS Winery, the Old House Notary, Ecofish Research LTD, Sylvan Learning, Lush Valley’s Farmer’s Kitchen Food Truck, and musician, Helen Austin. 40 KNOTS Winery is providing us with their enclosed dining area overlooking their vineyard. Every year Brenda Hetman-Craig and Layne Craig, owners of 40 Knots, present us with a cheque from a portion of the sales of Safe Haven wine and we are grateful for their generosity and continued support. We are also grateful for the Old House Notary and Ecofish Research LTD who are sponsoring this event and have supported our work over the years.  

We are happy to be working with a like minded non-profit, Lush Valley Food Action Society, to bring a meal to the table that helps support not one but two local community groups. The Farmer’s Kitchen food truck, Lush’s social enterprise, will be sourcing the food and creating the meal for this event. The menu is currently being curated to highlight local delicacies and tantalize tastebuds, it will be posted to this page shortly!

In addition to delectable food and music, we will also hold a reverse 50/50 draw and a silent auction. The silent auction is now up and running online. It will wrap up at the dinner event, giving guests the edge on getting some great local deals! Visit the auction page.

Tickets for the event are $120 per person until August 30, and $140 thereafter. Tickets include a four-course dinner and a paired drink with every course – there will be vegetarian, vegan and non-alcoholic options. We are keeping to a maximum of eight guests to a table, guests will be asked to indicate if they would like to sit with specific attendees when purchasing a ticket. 

We are currently accepting additional sponsors. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please email Caila Holbrook. 

If you’re interested in joining us, please click below to purchase tickets. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to us at Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to celebrating with you soon! 

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Event Details


The Farmer's Kitchen

The Farmer's Kitchen

Social Enterprise of Lush Valley Food Action Society

The Farmer’s Kitchen Food Truck is a collaboration with local farmers and chefs to bring creative and vibrant street food to the Comox Valley. We embrace the simple and authentic philosophy of street food vendors around the world and use local produce to create menus that are fun, approachable, delicious, and distinctly of the Comox Valley.

Our mission is to rethink the role of the restaurant in promoting local food security. To accomplish that goal we’ve created a nimble and responsive kitchen that is designed to work with the variations and fluctuations of a small-scale local food system. We strive to transform the bounty of the Comox Valley into menus that tell a story about our community—the crops that grow here and the folks that grow them. Our hope is that local farmers will see their efforts and motivations reflected in the menu and sourcing policies.


Helen Austin

Helen Austin


JUNO Award winning singer songwriter, Helen Austin is no stranger to the stage and has worked as a professional performer for over 30 years. After her previous life as an award winning stand-up comedian, she brings her quirky humour to her musical performances, as well as the ability to tug at your heart strings with her more serious songs.

“Helen’s words and notes are real in the way the best moments in life are real, and she is sincere in every phrase without losing one precious moment of quirkiness.” – Indie Music Reviewer Magazine

Helen’s main focus is the band, Big Little Lions which she formed with with Cincinnati’s Paul Otten. They have released several albums which have won a bunch of awards including Canadian Folk Music Award’s Ensemble of the Year. They have also had hundred’s on placements on TV, ads, and film and can be found touring Canada and the US.

Helen writes music and lyrics for specific occasions such as her song “Relay”, written to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, which is now played at Relay events all over the world.

JUNO Award Winner 2014 
John Lennon Songwriting Song of the Year Winner
Canadian Folk Music Award Winner 
International Songwriting Competition 1st place Winner 
Western Canadian Music Awards Winner



Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart