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The 2016 version of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s annual edible garden tours kicks off this Thursday. Three tours are planned for this year, all during August.

Community members are invited to join a free guided walking tour of food-producing gardens in Philomath on Thursday evening.

The two-hour tour will begin at 6 p.m. at Philomath Community Garden, just west of Marys River Park in Philomath. The tour will include stops at four sites, with each host resident giving a brief overview of their garden — how they transformed the space, selected what to plant and overcame any challenges.

Two additional tours will be held this month in Corvallis: a walking tour on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., and a cycling tour on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This is the fifth year of the edible garden tours sponsored by the Food Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and the first year that the tours are co-sponsored by Bountiful Backyard.

The goal of the tours is to encourage Corvallis area residents to consider edible plants as an option when they landscape their yards, thereby increasing home food production in our community.

Details are posted at www.sustainablecorvallis.org and www.bountifulbackyard.org. For more information, email info@sustainablecorvallis.org or call 541-230-1237.

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