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Monthly field day to be held at Oct. 16 (2015) Fall Fest
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production will hold its second statewide field day in conjunction with Mississippi State University’s Fall Flower & Garden Fest in Crystal Springs on Oct. 16.
The Fall Flower & Garden Fest is set for Oct. 16 and 17 at the MSU Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. This collaboration is part of the agricultural alliance’s efforts, with its partners, to hold field days across the state at local demonstration farms.
“These hands-on learning opportunities are critical to farmer success,” said Keith Benson, manager of the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production. “They encourage networking, foster future leadership and provide access to new ideas and information.”
A short alliance meeting will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Fall Flower & Garden Fest. Participants will gather at the picnic tables near the food vendors. Topics of discussion will include vendor opportunities, legal assistance to farmers, growing cool-season crops and introduction of the root vegetable taro.
The Fall Flower & Garden Fest opens at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. both days. The alliance meeting, fest admission and on-site parking are free. To register for the alliance meeting or to host an upcoming field day, contact Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station is located about 25 miles south of Jackson off of Highway 51 at 2024 Experiment Station Road in Crystal Springs.
The Fall Flower & Garden Fest is the Southeast’s most popular gardening event, drawing more than 5,000 home gardeners and horticulture professionals annually for educational seminars, research updates, walking tours of trial gardens, and wagon tours of the 175-acre research site by MSU specialists. For more information about the Fall Flower & Garden Fest, visit http://www.msucares.com/fallfest.
The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production is located in Holmes County between Goodman and Durant.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, University of Mississippi Law School Transactional Clinic, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and other partners provide support for the alliance’s field day series.
Contact: Keith Benson, 601-988-4999