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Crook County On The Move hosts the event to share tips on harvesting, cooking and eating fresh produce on Aug. 14

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 - FEAST Project Team Member Kristi Hiaasen harvests tomatillos from her garden. She is helping plan the Tuesday, Aug. 14 Family Community Garden Event at Gary Ward Park.

It's time for a party — a garden party, that is!

A free Family Community Garden Event with activities for all ages will take place at Gary Ward Park on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Each family will receive a free gift and be entered into a drawing to win a basket filled with kitchen gear or other gifts. Youth and adults can participate in a Garden Scavenger Hunt to be awarded prizes and to be eligible to win a bag of produce valued at $20.

Local gardeners will be on hand to talk about when and how to harvest and to discuss strategies for dealing with garden pests.

Organizers said that St. Charles Dietetics and OSU Extension Nutrition Education will sample easy, healthy, tasty recipes that highlight using the bounty from the gardens and farm stands.

This garden event is the second Community Garden Event funded by a $4,000 FEAST Community Grant from the Oregon Food Bank that has been awarded to Crook County On The Move.

FEAST (Food Education Agriculture Solutions Together) is a program of Oregon Food Bank that helps local communities come up with their own ideas on how to improve access to healthy foods.

"This will be a fun way to spend time with family and friends," said Valerie Johnson, FEAST Project Team Member. "You can pick up recipes and tips on how to get more fresh produce into meals. Increasing consumption of vegetables and fruit pays big dividends for improved health. Plus, this time of year, it's just delicious!"

The FEAST grant funds the Community Garden Events as well as a Newsletter Resource Guide, a public awareness campaign to encourage all home gardeners to donate excess garden production to the local food pantries, and a Free Veggie Share Table at Picnic in the Park.

"The first Community Garden Event was in May," said Kristi Hiaasen, FEAST Project Team Member. "We had 52 families attend, about 170 people. We are hoping to reach other families and individuals, especially those from around the Gary Ward Park neighborhood."

Family Community Garden Event

Date: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14

Place: Gary Ward Park, 1143 NW Ninth St.

For more information, call 541-362-1210

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