Backyard Abundance, a local nonprofit group that helps people create environmentally friendly landscapes, will host a “Smoothie and Harvest Party” later this month that will offer free smoothies and snacks made with fruits harvested from the Wetherby Park Edible Forest. Guests can learn about the edible forest while touring the gardens and harvesting cherries, aronia berries and culinary herbs, watch a demonstration on how to make compost tea, view a worm composting bin that will be on display and take worms home to start their own composting system.

The event, which is being held in partnership with the City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, 2400 Taylor Drive in Iowa City. New Pioneer Food Co-op is supporting the project with a donation of ingredients for the party’s snacks.

The nature-inspired design of the gardens helps create a low-maintenance, edible landscape of free food that benefits the local environment by managing rainwater, building soil, and providing habitat for desired insects and birds.

The event is open to the public and no admission fee is required.

For more information, contact Fred Meyer, Co-Director, Backyard Abundance, at 319-325-6810 or visit or

Date of publication

Monday, July 25, 2016