Cultivating Edible Gardens Conference Set for May 19 in Forrest City

veg-prodThe 5th annual Cultivating Edible Gardens Conference is set to begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 19, at the East Arkansas Enterprise Community (EAEC), Inc. in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Aimed at growers, gardeners and anyone interested in community gardens, the conference theme is “Turning the Rich Soils of the Mississippi Delta into Edible Gardens in Food Deserts and Underserved Communities.”

Conference planners and sponsors say that community gardens not only provide a venue for sharing the love of gardening, they bring people together. Community gardens encourage healthier eating habits, reduce food costs, and provide mental and/or physical therapy. Conference topics include

Conference topics include growing produce on small plots, in containers and in raised beds; selecting crops that do well in the region; selection of seed and transplants; and growing sweet potatoes. Also, there will be a garden workshop for elementary school students.

EAEC is located at 1000 Airport Road in Forrest City. The conference is sponsored by EAEC, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To pre-register, for special accommodations, additional information or to be included in the complimentary lunch count, contact Cassandra McDaniel at (870) 630-2005 or eaec@sbcglobal.net.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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