Posted by: Rabideye | July 22, 2009

Powell River’s Edible Garden Tour: August 9!

Aug 9, 2009: It's an Open Garden! Join up

Aug 9, 2009: Morning and Afternoon Tours! Free (or donation)

This year, one of the ways we decided to kick the 50-mile eat-local challenge up a notch was to have a tour of food-producing gardens around the region. Participating in the challenge is a good way to become more aware of how good it is to eat locally-grown food. The next step is to start thinking about how we can all start producing some of that food for ourselves. And although there are countless books and websites where you can learn some of the basics of growing food, nothing compares to seeing it being done and having a chance to talk to the experts (even the novice experts).

And it’s free!

So, on August 9, the first day of the 50-day eat-local challenge, we are presenting the first ever Edible Garden Tour. The main purpose of the tour is to inspire you to think about what you can do in limited space, with limited funds, limited time, and limited expertise.

The tour is not about seeing the most “picture-perfect” gardens, but about being able to see what some of the local “kitchen gardeners” are  trying to accomplish. Some of the gardens are fairly small. Some have been under cultivation for only a year or two. Others are larger or more ambitious. So you’ll get to see a variety of approaches and all kinds of different foods being grown under different conditions. Think of it as a few hours spent in a bunch of real working gardens with the ability to ask questions!

Did we mention it’s free!

Here’s how things are shaping up. This is subject to some changes, so check this space for updates!

  • There are currently 12-13 gardens on the tour:
  • 2 north of town;
  • 1 in Wildwood;
  • 2  in Cranberry;
  • 5 or 6 in Westview;
  • 1 or 2 south of town.
  • We plan to split the garden tour into a morning group and an afternoon group, along regional lines. So for example, we could do the north, Wildwood, and Cranberry gardens in the morning, then the Westview and south-of-town one (or two) in the afternoon, with a break in the middle of the day to allow people to have lunch at the Open Air Market or Cranberry Days. Or the other way around. We’re still figuring it out.

If you want to participate (and who wouldn’t?), then check back here. Or come find us at the Open Air Market on the weekend before the tour (Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2) and on the Saturday before the tour (August 8). We’ll also be at the Hot Summer Night Market down at Willingdon Beach Park on the preceding Thursday (August 6). We’ll be handing out a flyer and map of the tour which will have all the addresses and information about each of the gardens.

And don’t forget to sign yourself and the other members of your household! Click here to go to our handy online registration form, which will take about 10 seconds to fill out.

Years from now, when this is THE event of the growing season, you can say you were on the very first one…

If you have any questions or concerns, please phone David Parkinson at (604) 485-2004 or email him at


  1. Great time….really enjoyed the tour (lots of ideas)!

    • Thanks for coming out! It was a pretty fun and successful day, so I guess we’ll do it again…

  2. […] amongst all of the chores and preparation for the 50-Mile Eat-Local Challenge and Edible Garden Tour, not to mention being part of the startup team of a cooperative, this summer is keeping me jumping. […]

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