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Cowichan Green Community's garden tour offers something for everyone

A sneak peek at just one of the gardens that
A sneak peek at just one of the gardens that's being profiled at the Cowichan Green Community's fifth-annual Edible Garden and Farm Tour, being held Saturday and Sunday.
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If California's worst drought in decades has you worried about your food supply, a crash course in the form of a garden tour that gives secrets, tips and techniques on growing your own is available in the Cowichan Valley this weekend.

Cowichan Green Community's fifth-annual edible garden and farm tour features some of what organizers are calling, "the most impressive, striking and tastiest edible gardens and farms," this area has to offer.

Seven individuals' gardens — which showcase their pure devotion and passion — are featured on each of the two days, running Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's a self-guided tour, which has been expanded from last year's one to two days.

"Every gardener and farmer has such inspirational stories to share...," said Alyssa Loucks, CGC's garden tour organizer. "It's important that these stories be told to others, so that the knowledge of growing foods can continue to flourish and be passed down to others. These gardens and farms capture the knowledge and creativity of their designers, which will leave everyone inspired to go home and start digging!"

Some of the tour's highlights include:

- A visit to a local herb farm, which ships culinary, personal and household products all over the world.

- A studio and garden in the Yellow Point area, filled with edible native plants.

- A farm run by a couple and their six children, who'll showcase some of the less familiar foods found in forests, foods like: Korean stonepine, goumi berries , seabuckthorn and more.

- A bee meadow and garden, with examples of plants to keep, "pollinators," happy all year round.

- An example of where owners did just the opposite of paving paradise and putting up a parking lot, by putting in a garden bed where there was once a driveway.

- The garden of a couple who decided to walk their talk after counselling others to eat healthily for years.

- A farm that combines the restorative power of music with gardening.

- A local community garden, which has donated 1000 bags of food to Duncanites.

- The chance to take a one-hour tour through Cherry Point Estate Wines and buy lunch there.

- A visit to a local lavendar farm.

"The point is to show people how to be sustainable and also to show them the possibilities, how creative people can be," Loucks said. "They're some very unique gardens."

CGC is a non-profit organization that has been focusing on environmental sustainability in the Cowichan Region since 2004. For the last six years its mandate has revolved mainly around improving food security by developing strong relationships with local food producers and increasing urban and rural food production.

Your Ticket

What: Cowichan Green Community’s fifth-annual Edible Garden & Farm Tour

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Various locations in the Cowichan Region

Tickets: $15 for CGC members; $20 for non-members; couples $30; kids 18 and under free. For more information and/or to buy tickets, contact Alyssa at 250-748-8506, drop by the CGC's office at 360 Duncan Street, or email alyssa@cowichangreencommunity.org

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