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Sustainable agriculture booth at the South Florida Fair

Sustainable Agriculture Education and Outreach at the South Florida Fair

by Jango Bhadha, Assistant Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department, Everglades Research and Education Center

 

The Annual South Florida Fair 2018 opened on January 12, and will run for three weekends until January 28th. This year’s theme is ‘Magical Parades’. Since 1912 each January, over a half million visitors enjoy 17 fun-filled days at the South Florida Fair, one of Florida’s oldest and largest community events. Fair-goers are entertained by first class stage shows, national concert performances, sensational midway rides, unique shopping and the best of fair food.

Sustainable agriculture booth.

Sustainable agriculture booth at the South Florida Fair.

Visitors experience educational and interactive experiences at historic Yesteryear Village, award winning Agriplex, and each year are presented with a different themed exposition within its 80,000-square foot Exposition Center. Five stages of continuous entertainment await you every year during South Florida Fair! The grounds attractions and educational shows in Yesteryear Village are sure to make your visit memorable.

child looking through cutout of farming picture

The booth has fun activities for children and adults.

Once again this year, Dr. Jango Bhadha with a team of volunteers organized a booth representing University of Florida – Soil and Water Sciences Department, highlighting research and outreach efforts in the field of Sustainable Agriculture. Some of the topics covered at the booth include soil sustainability, aquatic vegetation, insects of Florida and lettuce varieties.

children looking at insect

Children can see insects up close at the sustainable agriculture booth.

From toddlers to great-grandparents, on any given day the booth attracts between 200-300 people curious to learn about farming in the Glades. Our goal is to reach out to folks within the community and educate them on topics related to soil sustainability, nutrient management, water quality, pest management, and vegetable production.  Hope you stop by or you can follow us daily for the next two weeks on our twitter @UFSustainableAg.

Visitors at the sustainable agriculture booth.

Visitors at the booth learn about sustainable agriculture in south Florida.