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Free gardening class to be held May 8 in Harker Heights

Special to the HHES

“This month’s Gardeners Education Series topic is Why Organic? The free class is open to anyone willing to learn and will be led by Justin Duncan. Justin is a Sustainable Agricultural Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, San Antonio, Texas. This class will be on Monday, May 8 at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Justin has a BS in Agronomy from Prairie View A&M University, an 1890 Land Grant Institution, and an MS in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. He’s spent years figuring out the nuts-and-bolts of successful organic farming in the humid South, concentrating mainly on sweet potatoes, strawberries, niche market ethnic crops and drought mitigation techniques. He formerly served as the Houston region director of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and has strong rapport with organic farmers in Eastern Texas.

Justin will discuss different chemical pesticides commonly found in today’s food, what effect they have on the human body, and how long it takes to purge them from our system.  He will also explain the common misconceptions surrounding the need of chemical fertilizers and GMO’s. Examples will be given on how to control common garden pest organically, as well.

“The knowledge that Justin Duncan is bringing is something everyone will benefit from.  Not only is he going to talk about the benefits of eating organically, most people know eating organic is what’s best; but learning what the chemicals are actually doing to our systems as a whole, will give everyone a chance to re-evaluate how they shop and garden. Many times, we want what is quick and easy, after this session, hopefully we will focus on what is healthy.” said Dorian Evans, Activity Specialist.   “The goal for the Gardeners Education series remains the same.  We are bringing knowledgeable instructors into the community, so that anyone with an interest in gardening can become a healthy, successful gardener.”

There will be a question and answer session with the instructor at the end of the class. If you are not able to make May’s topic, the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation department offers the Gardeners Education Series which are free classes/programs that are held periodically throughout the year on a variety of gardening based topics.

For more information call 254-953-5466, email, or visit”


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