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Ames Edible Garden Tour Hopes to Inspire Next Weekend

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AMES, Iowa - Those with a green thumb - and those who wish to craft one - have the opportunity to see some of Ames' best gardens on Sunday, September 14th.

The second annual "Edible Garden Tour" is organized by graduate students in agricultural science fields at Iowa State University. Organizers said 60 to 80 people attended last year's event. This year, they want to make it even more efficient and attractive to gardeners; the number of stops throughout the tour have been trimmed down. Garden-lovers will have the opportunity to see and explore eight different gardens, from community-style models that donate their produce to the hungry, to private projects.

Organizers said the hope is that attendants of the tour will be inspired to start their own gardens and hopefully have the urge to give back through their gardening, as well.

"It's just really inspiring to see that this is happening at certain places around the community," said Amanda Raster, a graduate student at Iowa State, and an organizer for the tour. "And that some gardens such as Food at First are really a community effort. It's really easy to get involved in things like this, and it's rewarding."

The tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 14th. For details on the garden tour, visit the group's Facebook page.