This Thursday, June 25, join other volunteers for a “Pizza and Planting Party” at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, hosted by Backyard Abundance and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the community orchard, located west of Wetherby’s parking lot at 2400 Taylor Drive.

Volunteers will help plant hundreds of herbs on a one-third acre plot. Attendees are asked to wear standard gardening attire such as jeans, boots and gloves, and are also asked to bring steel rakes, shovels, and wheel barrows if they have these tools available.

Funding for the project comes from a $23,000 Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Specialty Crop Block Grant that aims to help people learn to grow high-value orchard crops, encourage growers to diversify their operations, and provide residents with locally grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Once fully established, the Wetherby Edible Forest will provide a free source of nutritious locally grown food for the community. It will benefit public health, rehabilitate the local ecosystem, and allow neighbors to work together for generations to come.

The pizza, as well as tours of the Edible Forest, gardening advice, and plants, will be offered to volunteers at no charge. For more information, visit or contact Fred Meyer, Backyard Abundance Director, at 319-325-6810 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, June 23, 2015