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It’s Fair Time for the Clay County Master Gardener Volunteers

Written by BJ Hausman, UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener

The 2019 Clay County Agricultural Fair Will take place at the fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs. The dates are Thursday, April 4 thru Saturday, April 13, 2019. This year’s fair will continue the longstanding tradition of providing family oriented entertainment and educational opportunities.

As part of the Fair, The Clay County Master Gardeners will again be on hand to answer gardening questions for home gardeners and provide helpful documents and information. They will be located in Exhibit Hall 2. They will also be present during fair hours on topics such as bonsai, rain barrels, and daylillies at this location. In addition to answering questions, the area will display over 400 plants suited for gardening in North Florida.  In keeping with the Fair theme of “Home Grown”, the exhibit will focus on family traditions and home food production.

Also, don’t forget the visit the heritage garden as part of the Old Florida area where Master Gardeners showcase traditional gardening with a variety of vegetable crops.  There are even fun activities for kids like hand-pumping water, digging up carrots, hand-washing laundry, and lawnmower races (no motor required).

The Master Gardeners are a volunteer program and an educational arm of the Clay County Extension Service. Consistent will the mission of the Extension Service all practices and advisement are based in research of the University of Florida and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science [IFAS] . Master Gardeners are also available on the first Sunday of each month at the Orange Park Farmers Market and at many other community events.