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Fresh Sheet: Food growers to receive assistance

If growing your own food is a passion, there are a host of upcoming classes and tours that could help you expand the backyard menu:

•On Saturday, Slow Food Spokane River is hosting its fourth annual Urban Chicken Coop Tour from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants can walk, ride or carpool to three or four different homes to see backyard coops of different sizes and styles. After the tour, there will be prizes, egg eats and time for discussion.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.brownpaper event/112921. For more information, call (509) 951-7431 or send a message to

•Learn how to turn an ornamental garden into something edible with Rosalind Creasy’s Edible Landscaping Workshop on June 18.

Creasy encourages gardeners to follow the same design principles but plant lettuce, blueberries, fruit trees and edible flowers. She’ll provide a list of plants suitable for this area.

The workshop is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Trent Elementary School auditorium, 3303 N. Pines Road. To register, call (509) 324-1530.

Creasy’s visit is sponsored by Spokane’s Food Access Coalition, which is made up of local groups that are working to create better access to healthy foods and physical activity, including Spokane Regional Health District, WSU Extension, Fresh Abundance, Second Harvest, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, YMCA and St. Margaret’s Shelter/Vinegar Flats Garden.

Learn more about Creasy at www.rosalind

•Buying garden plants can sometimes seem out of reach for families who are struggling with finances. Fresh Abundance is helping.

For the second year Fresh Abundance and its nonprofit parent PEACH will have tomatoes and other vegetable plants to give away for people who have EBT/Quest cards.

Pick them up today through Saturday at Fresh Abundance, 2015 N. Division St.

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