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Forest Grove tour features food gardens

Masterminds behind community space due at 'Farm Your Yard' event Aug. 1

NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Dale Brintle and William Castor each have plots at the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center community garden, which will be on the Dairy Creek Community Food Webs annual garden tour Aug. 1. Every day, William Castor drives his electronic wheelchair from The Elms Retirement Community in Forest Grove over to his garden plot at the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center, where he picks tomatoes and greens for dinner.

This is his first year gardening, but it’s been a successful one. “I planned a lot,” Castor said. “There’s a method to my madness.”

His methods included succession planting, harvesting crops before later ones grew up and took over, and replacing spent veggies with new seeds. The senior center garden is perfect for a man with no growing space like Castor. It’s also ideal for Dale Brintle, who didn’t want to tear up his landscaped yard to put in vegetable garden beds.

Food gardens come in every shape and size, and every intricacy level. See a few shining examples on the Dairy Creek Community Food Web’s annual Farm Your Yard: Forest Grove Kitchen Garden Tour Saturday, Aug. 1. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maps are available at the FGSCC on Aug. 1 after 8:30 a.m.

The tour shows off eight Forest Grove gardens. Get recipes, chat with the masterminds behind each garden and chat with others about their clever ideas. The gardens on the tour are quite varied, said Robin Lindsley of the DCCFW, so there’s something everyone can incorporate into their own yards. The Forest Grove Senior & Community Center gardens have two rain barrels hooked up to the buildings gutter system. They use the water on their vegetables and flowers.

Both Brintle and Castor like to watch their crops grow and to snack while they water and weed. They’re excited to share their passion for gardening with others who are thinking of giving it a try.

“I’m just looking forward to having people come by so they can see gardening isn’t really that hard,” Brintle said. “Just stay ahead of yourself with the water and weeding and let the plants talk to you.”These California poppies are bright and cheery in a garden.

Tickets purchased in advance are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Day-of tickets are $15. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Tickets are available ahead of time at the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, Corner Antiques, and the senior center.


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