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General · 4th November 2012
Joy Bird
The Garden Club explores the history of gardens on Quadra with local author Jeanette Taylor. On Monday November 12th, 7pm at the Community Centre, a lively slide presentation about the early days of subsistence farming on the Discovery Islands will be the topic for our last meeting of 2012.
The most recent back to the land, 100 mile diet surge into growing our own food can not compare to the necessity of early non Native islanders to grow much of what they ate. Gardening as a hobby was a luxury few could afford among Quadra Islanders of the early 1900's. The successful production of orchards, kitchen gardens and hay fields was a crucial reality of daily life. Though there are only pockets of fertile land on the islands, there were over 50 families on Quadra in the 1920's who considered themselves farmers. There was, however, always time and space for a few hardy moss roses and cow eyed daisies next to the hills of potatoes and rows of beans.
With many accomplishments, including three books published on local history, Jeanette is a well known speaker about, and around, the Discovery Islands. She has a passion for the coast and its history.