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At Rice Expo: Janet Carson offers tips on growing your own veggies

July 24, 2014

Fast Facts:

  • 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo set for Friday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South, Stuttgart
  • Janet Carson to speak about growing your own vegetables
  • Dan Chapman to discuss fruit growing
  • Event opens at 8 a.m.

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STUTTGART, Ark. – The 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo will be a place for you to discover your green thumb.

“Vegetable gardening is a hot topic these days, with everyone involved in local foods, growing your own,” said Janet Carson, extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Carson, who is also an author and columnist, will be speaking at this year’s Rice Expo on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South, in Stuttgart.

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to supplement your food dollars, eat nutritiously, and get exercise, Carson said.

If you’re afraid that you don’t have much land space to garden, don’t worry.  Carson said it doesn't take a huge amount of space to grow enough vegetables for a family of four.

“From fruits, vegetables, and herbs to cooking with them. There is a lot to see and do and learn,” she said.

Carson will cover the basics on how to get started and tips to be a successful grower. She will also share about what plants to grow and when to grow them.

This year’s activities will also include the fruit production with Dan Chapman who is the director of the Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station in Clarksville.

He will talk about the best fruits to plant in a home garden.

In addition, there will be the tabletop competition where competitors can bring what they would like to add to a mason jar and some stalks of rice.

The 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo begins at 8 a.m.

To find out more about the Arkansas Rice Expo, visit http://aaes.uark.edu/research-locations/default.aspx or follow us on Twitter at @ARiceExpo.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

All meetings and activities announced in this news release are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.

By Kezia Nanda
For the U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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