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Mid-Missouri Peaceworks plans Sunday edible garden tour

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 8:22 p.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012

COLUMBIA — Mid-Missouri Peaceworks will host a garden tour where participants will learn about growing methods that were used during the summer drought.

The organization's Edible Columbia Garden Harvest Tour & Dinner will take participants on a three-hour journey Sept. 16 to urban farms and individual and community gardens.

The tour is a follow-up to the Edible Columbia event held this May, Mid-Missouri Peaceworks Director Mark Haim said.

"People got to see the gardens when they were lush and in the early stages of growing," Haim said. "Now it's a harvest tour."

The event will wrap up with a vegan tamale dinner at Comedor Popular, Centro Latino's community kitchen. Some of the ingredients served at the dinner will come from gardens that tourists will visit earlier in the day, said Eduardo Crespi, the kitchen's founder.

Tickets for the tour and dinner must be purchased in advance from the Peace Nook, with expected donations of $10 to $20 for adults, $7.50 for students and $5 for children between 6 and 12. Children under 6 can attend for free.

Haim said he hopes the events will encourage attendees to live a more fulfilling lifestyle.

"We have a philosophy of empowerment," Haim said. "My thought is that each of our actions can make a difference. Nobody can do everything — but everyone can do something."

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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Mark Foecking September 15, 2012 | 3:20 a.m.

The article leaves out when the tour begins.

Our urban gardens were successful because Columbia has a very ideal water situation that a lot of cities don't have. We were able to avoid water restrictions because of that. Few, if any, of these gardens use any sort of rainwater catchment or collection and are absolutely dependent on the city for irrigation. Perhaps rainwater catchment could be looked into at some of these gardens.

There's a point at which "doing something" doesn't matter. It's fine to raise your own food (I do a lot of that), but it's important to keep perspective on how little of your own food it is really practical to grow in town. We will also be absolutely dependent on our industrial agricultural model for the rest of our lives. There's just too many mouths to feed, and they've gotten used to a diet that is absolutely impractical to raise using small scale agriculture.

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