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Canada: What a Saanich farmer grows at home

Derek Powell with a morning harvest of tomatoes and chili peppers from late August. The former proprietor of Barefoot Organics at Haliburton Farm grows 40 different vegetable, fruit and herb plants on a 600 square-foot plot in his front yard. Travis Paterson/News Staff

The Urban Food-Garden Tour makes 14 stops across Greater Victoria on Saturday, September 9

By Travis Paterson
Victoria News
Sep 7th, 2017

Excerpt:

One of the stops on this year’s Urban Food-Garden Tour on Saturday is at the home of a former farmer, Derek Powell, who’s now maximizing about 600 square feet in front of his residence on Broadway Street in Saanich.

Powell made a living for four years as the proprietor of Barefoot Organics at Haliburton Farm, and it shows, as his plants are tall and full of fruit. He has more than 40 types of herbs, vegetables and fruits growing.

“As I grew into all types of other farming ventures it took away from this [pointing to the garden], which is what I got into growing food for in the first place,” Powell said. “This is where it’s at, everyone should do this.”

Powell, who’s also a local hip hop artist, is now investing in garlic with hopes of cross breeding the bulbs, a new trend in food sales.

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