The Powell River 50-Mile Eat Local Challenge starts with The Edible Garden Tour on Sunday August 5! And at long last, 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. The Tourism office on Joyce Ave. will also have some copies.
Please send this out to anyone you know who might be interested in seeing the many creative ways people are growing food in the region. If you know people visiting for the long weekend, this would be a fantastic way to spend the Sunday!
Look for images of the 50-Mile Challenge’s Mascot Shelly (pictured at left) to lead you to the gardens as well…
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: 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 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.
Need more info? Contact David Parkinson, Coordinator, Powell River Food Security Project at (604) 485-2004