Edible Front Yard Garden Tours continue this summer

Community members are invited to join two free guided walking tours of food-producing front yard gardens. They will be held on Thursday evening, July 31, and Wednesday evening, August 27.

The first two-hour tour on July 31 will begin at 6:30 pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church Community Garden, 1736 NW Dixon St. at NW Cleveland.  It will include stops at five additional sites in the neighborhood, and will also include a bonus site plus a brief lecture on Fall and Winter Gardening by local Master Gardener Janet Throop.  Each host resident will give a brief overview of their garden — how they transformed the space, selected what to plant, and overcame any challenges.

The second tour on August 27 will focus on South Corvallis neighborhoods.  That tour starts at 6:00 pm. Details will be posted here, so stay tuned!

This is the third year for the Edible Front Yard Garden Tours, which are sponsored by the Food Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.  The goal of the tours is to encourage Corvallis residents to consider edible plants as an option when they landscape their yards, thereby increasing home food production in our community.  In addition to fostering greater self-reliance, the team hopes to involve more people in the joys and health benefits of edible front yard gardening: regular exercise, fresh air, healthful and delicious food, and a sense of connection to the neighborhood — and to the earth!

For more information about the Edible Front Yard Garden Tours, email info@sustainablecorvallis.org or call 541-230-1237.

For a glimpse into what you might expect to gain from these special tours, be sure to read Edible Front Yard Garden Tours Begin a Transformation by Judy Rintoul.