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UF/IFAS to help replant 100,000 blueberry bushes downed by Hurricane Irma

Who:    Volunteers who want to help a major Florida blueberry grower recover from Hurricane Irma: University of Florida students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension agents, researchers, 4-H youth and local residents.

What:    Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry.

Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS network to recruit volunteers to come to the farm and help save the plants. Organizers expect more than 100 volunteers. Volunteers should bring gloves, hats and sunscreen.

When:    Sept. 16, 9 a.m.

Where:   Frogmore Fresh Farm

28411 St. Joe Road,

Dade City, FL 33525

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307 (office), 949-735-1076 (cell), grenrosa@ufl.edu

 

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