On Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Abbott Farms, the community was invited to learn more about the farm’s community garden with the help of Virginia Cooperative Extension agents, Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach and the Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District.
Blue Ridge SWCD’s Program Manager/Education Coordinator, Kathy Smith demonstrated how to convert a 53 gallon food grade container into a functional rain water harvesting barrel. For those interested in participating in the Blue Ridge SWCD Rain Barrel Drawing, names were collected in a bucket and the winning name was drawn out. The recipient of the constructed Rain Barrel was Mrs. Carol David from Glade Hill, VA. Congratulations!!!
Garden tips, demonstrations on how to cook fresh produce and sampling the finished prepared products were a mouth watering treat.
“When you have to go out and plant plants and weed a garden and pick produce in 90 something degree weather you really appreciate what you get on your plate and how much work goes into it and I think that’s important for people to see,” Clinton Carty from Virginia State University said.
The community garden on Abbot Farms is open to the public. Volunteers pick produce every Monday and Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with all of the produce going to local food banks.
To view the day’s events on Ytube of the Abbott Farms Educational Field Day visit: http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Abbott-Farms-in-Rocky-Mount-hosts-educational-field-day-388035682.html