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The Powell River Security Project’s ninth annual Edible Garden Tour takes place on Sunday, August 6, 10am – 5pm. This year’s tour visits ten gardens and farms in Townsite and north of town, with a special lunch stop at the beautiful Southview Community Garden.

Download your guidebook here: EGT guidebook 2017 letter -working copy

See you on the tour!

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Thanks to Norah LeClare of Powell River Direct, a thorough review of the free and low-cost food resources in Powell River has been conducted over the past couple of months. The result is a brand new flyer and a fabulous new online map, explaining where hot meals, food pantries, community kitchens and more are available.

This information is also listed under the Food resources tab on this webpage.

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!

This blog isn’t getting the attention it deserves, and that’s probably because I have another personal blog, Slow Coast, to which I post almost weekly. (I’ve put myself on an every-eight-day deadline.)

This week’s post, “Why don’t we have a local food incubator?”, concerns an idea that has come up time and again since I’ve been coordinating the Powell River Food Security Project. We have all kinds of produce in the summertime and fall, but very little local food available during the cool wet months. many people have preserved or revived the traditional skills of food preservation, but many have lost those skills or never learned the in the first place.

It seems to me that we need to work towards this, and probably from a few different angles. We have the skills, materials, and facilities. We just need to put them together to support individuals and small businesses to help us feed ourselves throughout the year.

Anyway, take a look at the Slow Coast post and the Ecowatch post that it links to. Any thoughts? Leave a comment.

Had the last meeting of the year last night, and (I think) the first meeting of the second year of meetings… meaning, if I remember rightly, that the first meeting ever was in December 2007, back when we had no name for these monthly gatherings.

About 8 people showed up, which is not bad for a December evening. The food was great: a delicious curry and rice, some mashed (local) potatoes with parsley & smoked salmon, deviled backyard (illegal!) eggs, and yummy shortbread and other treats for dessert.

Conversation was, as always, fairly free-wheeling. But we did do a go-round and give everyone a chance to talk about what they’re up to, what’s going on in the garden, and all that good stuff. I handed out copies of the first draft of the seed-saving plan and we talked about that. I’m pretty certain that this is a project that will really spark people’s imaginations and lead to good conversations about the importance of local seed-saving, the fragility of the global food supply, backyard gardening in hard times, and all sorts of other topics near and dear to the heart of the Kale Force.

For anyone interested in getting more involved, the seed-saving project — which badly needs a jazzy name — has a blog. There’s not a huge amount of information there now, but this is the place on the web where we will be creating and following this local project, answering questions, sharing information and results, and all that.

See you in the new year!

Well, it’s been while since I’ve posted to this blog. But we had a good meeting of the Kale Force this week. A dozen people showed up, shared some good food, and talked about the usual good stuff: growing more food, eating more food, and working towards a proper local food economy.

The special guest for this month was Wendy Devlin, who very kindly agreed to come out and talk to us about saving seeds. She ran down some of the good reasons to do so, and helped us get our heads around how to get started saving seeds. It looks as though we’ll have a follow-up meeting in September to go out to her place and do some hands-on seed-saving.

I reported to the group on the demonstration garden project up in Sliammon. I’m working with some folks up there to set up a little garden in the front area of the Ahms Tah Ow School. On July 21, we are holding a public consultation meeting to give people in the community an opportunity to offer their ideas and advice.

I also reported briefly on our little effort to start a cooperative for the purpose of increasing local food production. So far we’ve been thinking about urban farming, maybe creating a small farm or network of backyards in the city, and using that as a way of producing food which can be distributed through a CSA or to the Open Air Market, or some other way of getting the food to where it is needed. It’s early days yet, but we have a core group of people working away at it and I hope that we’ll come up with something good in a few months.

Doug Brown asked about the by-laws regulating animals in the City of Powell River, and I agreed to pursue that. More details to come soon.