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Time Traveller: Good stuff was growing in this Lynn Valley garden

North Vancouver pioneer Walter Draycott shows off some fresh-picked bounty

With fall officially here and winter around the corner, it is the time of year for vegetable gardens to be harvested and the bounty to be preserved for the months ahead. Preserving home-grown fruits and vegetables has long been a domestic practice.

In recent years, however, with food sustainability and security becoming more of a hot topic, more people are jumping on the home-garden wheelbarrow.

Here we see Walter Draycott, a pioneer of Lynn Valley, in his garden, examining what seem to be freshly picked carrots or another root vegetable. We can see from historic photos that Draycott must have enjoyed gardening and would have been able to supply himself with plenty of preserves for the winter months.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver ,at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact:

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.

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