Beautiful, Edible Gardens

Aug 9, 2010 | 2 comments

Potato Farmer Ray Millner

     Yesterday’s “First Annual Peninsula Edible Garden Tour” was one of those intensive, mind- soul- and heart-filling experiences that we will be processing for months to come.  There was no way to take in all of the information and passion that was presented – not in a day, anyway.
     Nine local gardens were on display and, though our intent was to visit each of them, our time ran out and we only managed to get to six.  We are hoping for a way to see the three we missed another time.  And, we hope (selfishly) that the next “Annual” can be spread out over two days or two weekends.
     Each garden was distinctive.  Some were huge; some tucked into the nooks and crannies of small residential properties.  Several had greenhouses and several had chickens or bunnies as part of the landscape.  Some were what I would categorize as simple, kitchen gardens.  Others were on the cutting edge of experimentation – developing solar and wind power sources, experimenting with biochar systems, working toward total sustainability.
     Each gardener was devoted to the principals of organic gardening and each spoke eagerly about their composting and recycling methods.  They all embraced the concept “locally grown” and there were a variety of methods described for dealing with garden bounty – participating in farmer’s markets, trading/bartering with local restaurants, donating to a food bank.
     Truly, it was an inspiring and mind-boggling experience.  We came home with renewed aspirations for our own miniscule vegetable garden and with new plans for improving the recreational facilities for our chickens.  Honest!

2 Comments

  1. Robyn Baker West

    My husband and I took in this tour (we only managed to get to five of the gardens) and we thoroughly enjoyed it and gained so much information. Like you, we have several plans floating around in our heads and hope to improve our chicken coop, as well!

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  2. Stephanie Frieze

    It sounds like a fun tour, Sydney, and I hope to be able to tour next year! It behooves us all to grow more edible plants if we want to be assured of where our food comes from. Besides, I think there’s a natural urge to grow one’s food that must be encoded in our DNA.

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