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By Kezia NandaU of A System Division of AgricultureJuly 24, 2014
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
“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
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.
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com