Dade City Watson Park Community Gardens are Open for Planting!
January 26, 2018 was a great day for the UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office. County Extension Director/Urban Horticulture Agent, Dr. Whitney Elmore, opened the planting ceremony by thanking sponsors, Eden Santiago-Gomez (Community Garden Program Assistant), Dade City and UF/IFAS employees, Pasco Master Gardeners and members of the Dade City Garden Club for their help in making the venture possible. Dr. Muhktar, UF/IFAS Associate Dean of Extension, offered thanks to the Dade City Commission as well as Mayor Camille Hernandez for their financial support and offering the park property for the gardens. Mayor Hernandez cut the red ribbon to officially open the gardens. Cox Elementary students planted educator beds and families began planting their crops for the season. Many companies, individuals and organizations made this partnership possible. Of the 30 beds, 4 are already “leased” for free with more signing up daily. A unique feature includes raised beds designed for senior citizens and those with disabilities, making it possible for them to grow their own fresh fruits and veggies. With growing support, Dr. Elmore hopes to expand this concept across Pasco County within the next year. Dr. Elmore remarked that “this garden represents the beauty and the bounty possible when a community comes together for the better good.”