Across North America more and more people are seeing the value of sourcing food locally. It not only reduces the environmental impact of transporting goods, but offers a means to put food on the table without concern for pesticides or the labour practices of the big producers.
In the Powell River Region, given our reliance on the weather to transport goods, it is particularly important to have an abundance of locally grown food. The groups listed here are all about just that - educating and helping local people grow local food.
According to the Powell River Museum & Archives the Agricultural Association has a checkered history that began in 1933 as the Horticultural Society. Today, the non-profit society is dedicated to the supporting regional agriculture, rural farming and urban food security. They also share responsibility for management of the Paradise Valley Exhibition Grounds; sponsor a Farmers’ Market held Saturday and Sunday April through October; and a traditional Fall Fair held in September each year.
In 1915 thirty-two farmers in the Powell River area founded a Farmers’ Institute “to improve conditions of rural life so that settlement may be permanent and prosperous.” This remains our goal today. We welcome you to explore our web-site, attend meetings and special events, and network with us.
Meetings: 7 pm 4th Tuesday of the month Sept to June excluding Dec Cranberry Seniors Centre (Manson at Cranberry St)
Texada Garden Club
Cheryl Nyl 604.486.7327
Meetings: 7 pm 3rd Tue of the month Sept to June Seniors Centre in the Old School in Gillies Bay
Anyone interested in gardening is welcome to join. Meetings include guest speakers and information for gardeners. The primary fund raiser for the Garden Club is the annual plant sale in May held at the Curling Rink in Cranberry.
All gardeners are welcome to join. The last meeting in June is an outdoor potluck. Meetings are informative and fun.
Annual plant sale hosted by the Powell River Garden Club.
Founder and president of the Texada Garden Club Cheryl Nyl