Just one of the magnificent gardens you will be visiting on August 7, 2011...

Here is the link to the downloadable PDF version of the guidebook for the 2011 Edible Garden Tour, including the food literacy treasure hunt entry form and feedback form. Printed versions are also available in Powell River at Mother Nature, Springtime Nursery, Breakwater Books, and Kingfisher Used Books.

Hello and welcome to Powell River’s Third Annual Edible Garden Tour, kicking off the sixth annual 50-Mile Eat-Local Challenge. The Edible Garden Tour is a great way to see how other people in the region are producing some of their own food. Please respect the gardens you’re visiting. No grazing without permission! But definitely ask lots of questions.

Please be aware that the gardens are split up into two sets:

  • From 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon: a morning set of five gardens in Lund and Wildwood;
  • From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM: an afternoon set of five more gardens in Westview, Cranberry, and Townsite.

There is no fixed order for the gardens, but be sure to visit the morning gardens in the morning and the afternoon ones in the afternoon! See the maps for the overall layout of the tour, and plan your day.

Note that the Lund gardens involve some forest walks, uneven ground, and possibly a bit of puddle-jumping. Wear good walking shoes. Those with limited mobility might want to drive as close to the Lund gardens as possible.

There is a one-hour lunch break between noon and 1:00 PM; Owen Gaskell and Daphne Wilson have graciously offered up their garden as a place to have a picnic lunch and meet some of the other people on the tour. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and something to sit on. Then visit their garden and continue on from there into the afternoon gardens.

At most of the gardens you will see a display or demonstration from some local community groups connected to growing and food production.

This year, we have provided little stamps at each garden (look for the blue box). This lets you stamp your guidebook for each garden you visit so you have a record of the places you saw.

Once again this year, we are featuring a food literacy treasure hunt to test your knowledge of food and gardening. The description of each garden in this guidebook contains a clue. When you have found the answer for each clue, write it into your guidebook in the space provided. Once you have found at least four answers, you can leave your guidebook at the last garden you visit. We’ll be collecting these and drawing for prizes, including a $50 gift certificate for Sunshine Organics/Ecossentials and a free Good Food Box. (Write your name and contact info somewhere on your guidebook, so we can find you!) If you don’t want to hand in this guidebook, you can find a handy entry form in each garden where you stamp your guidebook and donate.

Please feel free to leave a donation at one (or more!) of the gardens you visit. All donations will support next year’s Edible Garden Tour and other local food projects in the region. Thank you!

As this guidebook goes to print, we are still working on bus and carpool service. Please check the Transition Town Powell River website for information closer to the date of the Edible Garden Tour.

The Third Annual Edible Garden Tour is brought to you by Transition Town Powell River and the Powell River Food Security Project, with help and support from the Powell River Literacy Council and Skookum Gleaners. We acknowledge the support and participation of the gardeners who have generously opened up their garden to the public.

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