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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

An area city is planning an herb-planting party for volunteers.

Backyard Abundance and the City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an herb-planting party at Wetherby Park Edible Forest from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

Volunteers do not need to have a green thumb or gardening knowledge to participate.

If you have a willingness to help and have fun, the planting party is the place to be.

A variety of homemade snacks, herbal teas, free plants, and gardening advice will be offered, as well as garden site tours that will discuss the various nuts, berries, fruits, and herbs that are planted there.

Once fully established, the Wetherby Edible Forest will provide a free source of nutritious locally grown food for the community.

The project is funded by a $23,000 Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to the Parks and Recreation Department and Backyard Abundance, an Iowa City-based nonprofit that builds community by creating beautiful landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat. The grant aims to help people learn to grow high-value orchard crops and enhance the competitiveness of these crops in Iowa.

The forest is located west of the parking lot in Wetherby Park, located at 2400 Taylor Drive.

If you plan to participate, you're asked to wear jeans or long pants, boots or close-toed shoes, and work gloves, and bring steel rakes, shovels, and/or wheel barrows, if possible.

For more information on the Wetherby Edible Forest project, visit www.backyardabundance.org/AbundantLandscapes/WetherbyEdibleForest.aspx. The garden's design may be viewed at www.backyardabundance.org/Portals/0/p/WetherbyPark-FoodForest-Design.pdf.

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