Edible Garden and Farm Tour

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Date(s) - Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Purchase tickets at The Garden Pantry
360 Duncan Street





Get ready to take a walk on the edible side!

This year’s Edible Garden and Farm Tour will take place on Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 10AM – 3PM. Tickets are now on sale for $20 each at the Garden Pantry Store on 360 Duncan Street!

This year, the tour will feature the art of soil building and a variety of gardening and farming techniques with 7 different gardens and farms to choose from. Attendees are given the chance to meet the very hands behind the shovels, and take away gardening secrets, tips, and techniques for growing food within difficult soil conditions. This self-guided tour will leave you in awe of how edible landscapes can form through pure devotion and passion.




Here is a sneak peak into the backyards of some of our edible garden tour locations this year…

Jamie and LucieJamie Gielens and Lucie Teasdale
Our philosophy – “Small is beautiful – you can’t eat grass!”  Since moving to the beautiful Cowichan Valley we have been more aware of food security, organic gardening, the 100-Mile Diet, etc.  Over the past 11 years we have slowly improved our edible garden.  We live in a mobile home with a small yard and yet have been able to enjoy the fruits and vegetables grown in our garden right into the winter!  This year we are trying the “Square Foot Gardening” method and can’t wait to see how it will turn out!  Every year is a new experience for us!


Lynn and AlexLynn Sanderson and Alex Mann
We started with glacial till, on logged and scraped land – about 80 percent rock, no topsoil, very deficient in minerals. To build fertility, we broke up hardpan, filtered out large rock, re-mineralized (with organic sources), inoculated with various micro-organisms, and aggressively composted to build humus. We have begun designs for a continuous-feed composter to turn material, working it along so that finished, filtered compost drops into a wheel barrow, ready to use.


Viola Farm Garden (800x634)Viola Farm Garden
At Viola Farm Garden we draw on organic farming practices. Recently, attuning to nature’s rhythms is an important theme. We nourish the soil with organic matter, with EM and biodynamic preparations. We nourish ourselves with organic food, slow food preparation and eating, and we strive to keep our garden décor as artistic and simple as possible. Our aim is to bring beauty into the world and to achieve this using principles of permaculture.


Winter Rill Farm (1024x767)Winter Rill Farm
Soil has been Winter Rill Farm’s number one crop (with rocks being a close second) since starting with a ‘tabula rasa’ of glacial till almost 10 years ago. Leaf mulch, leaves, coffee grounds, seaweed, grass clippings, manure, yard waste, kitchen scraps, and all available organic matter has been scrounged from all over Vancouver Island to create rich soil for almost an acre of productive garden for vegetables, herbs, berries, and a wide variety of native plants to feed the bees.


Tickets are $20.00 per person. For more information please contact Alyssa at 250-748-8506, or alyssa@cowichangreencommunity.org. To purchase tickets stop by the Garden Pantry Store (360 Duncan Street).

We would also like to acknowledge our two Gold Level sponsors for their tremendous supports towards this year’s Edible Garden and Farm tour:

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