Forest Grove, Hillsboro host first school garden tours
This weekend, community members are invited to tour local schools to see the work being done underground — using gardens as learning spaces.
A collaboration effort between students, staff and volunteers from local nonprofit Dairy Creek Community Food Web, five Forest Grove district schools and two Hillsboro district schools will have their gardens on display Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The idea stemmed from the nonprofit's "Farm Your Yard: Kitchen Garden Tour," which offers community members an opportunity to open up their backyard gardens for others to come in and see how they grow food and what they use it for. It was developed in an effort "to inspire others to grow their own food and to learn about food resilience and sustainability," said Edgar Sanchez Fausto, who volunteers with the nonprofit and is a junior at Pacific University.
This year will be the first time students and teachers will get to show off their gardens, named the "Farm Your Yard: School Garden Tour."
"We are just applying that idea, but with the school gardens," Sanchez Fausto said, "and (with) the same ideas of food resilience and sustainability, but adding that importance of hands-on education, of teaching kids about food and sustainability and getting to know their environment and the land around them and the importance in the relationship we have with food and the land. ... The teachers are doing really amazing work with those spaces."
To participate in the Forest Grove leg of the self-guided tour, visitors can stop by the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center to pick up a map. The center is located at 2037 Douglas St., just east of Pacific University.
For the Hillsboro schools, participants can go straight to the school gardens at Lennox and Lincoln Street elementary schools.
The event is free and open to the public. Kids' activities and no-cost-to-enter raffles will also be part of the tour.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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