The eighth Annual Edible Garden Tour takes place on Sunday August 14, 2016, from 10AM to 5PM!

Here is the link to the downloadable PDF of the guidebook for the tour, and here is a link to the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt entry form (you only need to print this out separately if you don’t want to hand in your guidebook, which also has space for the answers). Printed versions of the guidebook and forms will also be available at Tourism Powell River, Springtime Nursery, Mother Nature and Ecossentials from August 3rd, 2016.

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Gosia in her kale patch at Myrtle Point Heritage Farm, just one of the great gardens and farms you can visit on the day.

 

This year’s tour is on Sunday, August 14, 10am – 5pm. Come and see how others are growing their own food! As always, it’s free and self-guided, and you can win prizes by taking part in the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt. All the details are in the downloadable guidebook, available here on August 1st. Printed copies will also be available at Tourism Powell River, Springtime Nursery and Mother Nature.EGT 2016 poster_edited-3

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The CFSA Final Report is now available. The full report can be downloaded here.

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The Food Security Project is currently conducting an 8-month project to assess the current state of Powell River’s food system. In January 2016, the project Working Group will release a community profile of food security in the region and make recommendations for action. Click on the image below for a summary of this project. For more detailed information, please see the full background proposal here.

The seventh annual Edible Garden Tour takes place on Sunday August 9, 2015!

Here is the link to the downloadable PDF of the guidebook for the 2015 Edible Garden Tour, and here is a link to the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt form and a feedback form. Printed versions of the guidebook and forms will also be available at Tourism Powell River and Breakwater Books in Powell River as of Thursday, July 23 2015.

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One of the many inspiring gardens you’ll visit on the tour this year.

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

  • From 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon: a morning set of five gardens in Townsite and Westview;
  • From 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM, we encourage people to have lunch at the Open Air Market on McLeod Rd (open 12:30 – 2:30 pm and conveniently located between the morning and afternoon gardens!)
  • From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM: an afternoon set of five more gardens south of town.

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. Don’t feel that you must see every garden, and leave yourself time to relax and smell the roses (and everything else).

Members of the local chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of BC will be available at Nina Mussellam’s garden in the morning and at Alison Harding’s garden in the afternoon. They will be happy to answer any of your questions about plants, edible or otherwise. If you’re trying to solve a problem in your own garden, they probably know what’s going on!

We will also have a freezer compost demonstration (9:00am – 12:00 pm) at the Brain Injury Society garden, and a fruit tree pruning demonstration (3:30pm – 4:30pm) at Georgia Marvin and Vanessa Sparrow’s garden.

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

And we are once again holding our Food Literacy Treasure Hunt to enrich your knowledge of food and gardening. The description of each garden in this guidebook contains a clue to something edible or medicinal in that garden. When you have found the answer for each clue, write it into your guidebook in the space provided. Once you have found at least five answers, you can leave your guidebook at the last garden you visit. We’ll be collecting these and drawing for prizes: a $60 gift certificate from Sunshine Organics/Ecossentials, a $40 gift certificate from Springtime Nursery, and a $20 gift certificate from Mother Nature. (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 an entry form in each garden where you stamp your guidebook.

Thanks in advance to all the gardeners and people who put this year’s tour together – enjoy!

The sixth annual Edible Garden Tour takes place on Sunday August 3, 2014!

Here is the link to the downloadable PDF version of the guidebook for the 2014 Edible Garden Tour, including the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt entry form and a feedback form. Printed versions are also available at Tourism Powell River and Breakwater Books in Powell River.

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One of the many fabulous and imaginative gardens you’ll be visiting on the tour this year.

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

  • From 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon: a morning set of five gardens in Edgehill and Cranberry;
  • From 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM, we encourage people to have lunch in the demonstration garden at the Community Resource Centre – Rob and Linda’s awesome mobile pizza oven will be there, and you can also pack a lunch, something to drink, etc.;
  • From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM: an afternoon set of four more gardens in Wildwood.

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. Don’t feel that you must see every garden, and leave yourself time to relax and smell the roses (and everything else).

Members of the local chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of BC will be available at Sandra Cacis’ & Andy Gurtins’ garden in the morning and at Valerie Lane’s & John Tyler’s garden in the afternoon. They will be happy to answer any of your questions about plants, edible or otherwise. If you’re trying to solve a problem in your own garden, they probably know what’s going on!

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

And we are featuring a Food Literacy Treasure Hunt to enrich your knowledge of food and gardening. The description of each garden in this guidebook contains a clue to something in that garden. 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 from Sunshine Organics/Ecossentials, a $25 gift certificate from Breakwater Books, 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.

Please feel free to leave a donation at any one of the gardens you visit. Donation boxes are with the stamps and feedback forms. These donations will support next year’s Edible Garden Tour and other local food projects in the region. Thank you!

Special thanks to Giovanni Spezzacatena (of rabideye.com) for designing the poster and to Brian McLaughlin for helping out with much-needed signage. We acknowledge the support and participation of the gardeners who have generously opened up their gardens to the public, and of all the people who make up our thriving local food scene!

Thank you on behalf of the Edible Garden Tour Planning Committee (Julia Adam; Liz Lane; Rita Luft; David Parkinson; Julie Thorne; & Vanessa Sparrow, Coordinator of the Powell River Food Security Project). We hope you enjoy the tour!

The Fourth 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. We acknowledge the support and participation of the gardeners who have generously opened up their gardens to the public. And thanks to our generous sponsors: Springtime Garden Centre, Mother Nature, Eternal Seed, Wildwood Gardens & Nursery, and Breakwater Books.

Hi there and thank you for your interest in the 2014 Edible Garden Tour. The planning team is working hard to get the gardens all lined up and we plan to have the guidebook (with maps and the clues to the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt) by July 20. Please check back by then.

If you would like to be on the email list for the Powell River Food Security Project and receive a weekly-ish email update with information about upcoming workshops and other food-related activities in the region, please contact us. Thanks!

The fifth annual Edible Garden Tour takes place on Sunday August 4, 2013!

Here is the link to the downloadable PDF version of the guidebook for the 2013 Edible Garden Tour, including the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt entry form and a feedback form. Printed versions are also available at Breakwater Books and Kingfisher Books in Powell River and at the Black Point Store south of town.

One of the wonderful gardens you'll be visiting on the Edible Garden Tour this year.

One of the wonderful gardens you’ll be visiting on the Edible Garden Tour this year.

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 Powell River (or slightly outside);
  • From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM: an afternoon set of six more gardens on Southview Road north of Powell River.

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. Don’t feel that you must see every garden, and leave yourself time to relax and smell the roses (and everything else).

Members of the local chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of BC will be available at Rik Revfem’s & Larry Ramus’s garden in the morning and at Glen & Laura Bruce’s garden in the afternoon. They will be happy to answer any of your questions about plants, edible or otherwise. If you’re trying to solve a problem in your own garden, they probably know what’s going on!

There is a two-hour lunch break between noon and 2:00 PM; we’re encouraging everyone to meet up at the Open Air Farmers’ Market for lunch and to compare notes on the morning’s gardens. There will be an answer to one of the clues in the treasure hunt there as well.

Again this year, we have provided little stamps at each garden (look for the blue or red box in each garden). 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 enrich 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, a $25 gift certificate from Breakwater Books, 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 any one 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!

The Fourth 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. We acknowledge the support and participation of the gardeners who have generously opened up their gardens to the public. And thanks to our generous sponsors: Springtime Garden Centre, Mother Nature, Eternal Seed, Wildwood Gardens & Nursery, and Breakwater Books.

Hi there and thank you for your interest in the 2013 Edible Garden Tour. The planning team is working hard to get the gardens all lined up and we plan to have the guidebook (with maps and the clues to the Food Literacy Treasure Hunt) by July 19. Please check back by then.

If you would like to be on the email list for the Powell River Food Security Project and receive a weekly-ish email update with information about upcoming workshops and other food-related activities in the region, please contact us. Thanks!

Here is the link to the downloadable PDF version of the guidebook for the 2012 Edible Garden Tour, including the food literacy treasure hunt entry form and feedback form. Printed versions are also available at Kingfisher Used Books in Powell River and at the Black Point Store south of town.

Just one of the fabulous gardens on display on this year’s Edible Garden Tour. Come on out to see them all!

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 south of Powell River;
  • From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM: an afternoon set of six 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.

Members of the local chapter of the Master Gardeners Association of BC will be available at Julia Downs’ garden in the morning and at Susan Canning & Roger Thorn’s garden in the afternoon. They will be happy to answer any of your questions about plants, edible or otherwise. If you’re trying to solve a problem in your own garden, they probably know what’s going on!

There is a two-hour lunch break between noon and 2:00 PM; we’re encouraging everyone to meet up at the Open Air Farmers’ Market for lunch and to compare notes on the morning’s gardens.

Again this year, we have provided little stamps at each garden (look for the blue or red box in each garden). 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 any one 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!

The Fourth 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. We acknowledge the support and participation of the gardeners who have generously opened up their gardens to the public.