Gabriola Roots: THE LAND PROVIDES
is the theme of our new season with illustrated exhibit panels exploring the multiple ways we relate to the land, from the earliest food gathering, through the farming and then land development years, to the current crop of new farmers and foragers. Filmmaker Tobi Elliott is working with the Museum’s Display Committee to create a series of short films on Gabriolans who each have a very special connection to their land, connections that affect the community as a whole. They share their experiences with communal land sharing, market gardening, medicinal plant foraging, permaculture, and a First Nations perspective.
One of the new artifacts of THE LAND PROVIDES exhibit is this historic photo of the old Cooper Road barn and sheep, taken around 1970. It is believed that a Welsh stone-mason built the barn but little else is known about it. The Museum is always interested in any new information the community might be able to offer on artifacts.