poetry and prose about place

‘within easy reach’ … a poetry book about wild edibles and local foods

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all about my new book:

within easy reach by Jane Spavold Tims

(with a foreword by Freeman Patterson)

Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock

May 2016


'within easy reach' 2016 Jane Spavold Tims


includes poems and pencil drawings about

eating local foods and gathering wild edible plants


'picking fiddleheads'


poetry about picking berries, gathering herbs and roots, gardening, fishing

local markets, beekeeping and salad greens

explores how easy it is to bring local foods into your diet


considers the barriers to eating local and gathering wild foods

explores abandoned gardens

poisonous berries and berries in bottles

includes poems about our history of eating wild foods

and about New Brunswick’s special local foods:

maple syrup and fiddleheads

coastal plants like goosetongue greens and samphire

land-locked salmon 

notes on each plant – characteristics and uses

seventeen pencil drawings




this book will remind you of your own experiences picking berries

a tribute to every age of our lives – dancing in the school gym and picking berries with arthritic hands

it will recall the habits of your ancestors

a beautiful book – rests open in your hands as you read

a font so easy on the eyes

I hope you will love within easy reach


Jane Tims




Written by jane tims

May 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

7 Responses

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  1. It really does sound like a wonderful book. I had never heard of fiddleheads and even found there are fiddlehead festivals. 🙂 I love your drawings.

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    May 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • Hi. Thanks for your encouragement! Another way to be able to read the book is to ask your local library to order it in … local foods and food security are current topics and they may think it would be a good addition to their collection! Jane

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      jane tims

      May 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm

  2. My copy is on order: I can’t wait for it to arrive. I hope all goes well with readings and book launch. Roger.

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    May 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    • Hi Roger. The biggest fear is that only my publisher and I will show! However, I love to read so I guess that would be OK. I hope for busy evenings, with lots of books to sign. My approach to signing is to write a short, appropriate quote from the book! Jane.

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      jane tims

      May 23, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      • Remind us all when the launch is … and keep reminding us … and put it on Facebook … and send it to FF … and to the Odd Sundays Group … and don’t forget ArtsNB …

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        May 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm

  3. This sounds like a wonderful book – a must have for anyone in New Brunswick. Wishing you the best with the book.

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    Lone Grey Squirrel

    May 23, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    • Hi. Thanks Lone Grey Squirrel – perhaps reading it would make your life less lonely – you could ask your local library to order it I think! 🙂 Jane


      jane tims

      May 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

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