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During this summer's Localvore farm and garden tour series, community members are invited to come interact with their local food system by building relationships, learning new skills and experiencing the food coming out of this valley. Tours and workshops are hosted by local farmers, gardeners, food producers and community members who are interested in sharing skills and knowledge. "By learning from each other, a truly sustainable and local food system is possible," said Mad River Localvore spokesperson Lisa Barnes.

2013 Schedule is as follows:

Backyard Composting and Permaculture Planting, June 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m., co-hosted by Richard Czaplinski, Kinny Perot and Grow Compost.

Growing a Kitchen Garden, June 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Rootswork, Warren School Garden.

Naturally Leavened Bread, June 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Red Hen Baking Company,

Summer Strawberries and Wood Oven Pizza, June 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hartshorn Farm.

VT Whey Fed Pigs, July 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m., von Trapp Farm.

Growing Medicinal Herbs, July 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Three Springs Farm.

Raising Chickens and Gathering your own Eggs, July 25, 6 to 7 p.m., hosted by Doreen Kelly, Center Fayston.

Growing Garlic and Wood Oven Pizza, October 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hartshorn Farm.

Growing Hydroponics and Winter Greens, November 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Hartshorn Farm.

Tours are always free and open to everyone. Donations are appreciated and allow the Mad River Localvores to continue to offer these community-oriented programs. Participants are asked to register for the events through the Localvores' website (http://madriverlocalvores.org/programs/farm-garden-tours/) so that they can plan accordingly.

Anyone who would like to be on the schedule as a host for the 2014 tour season can contact Barnes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..