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Gardener’s Education Series Plans for Fall

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

Since the autumn planting season is right around the corner, this month’s Gardener’s Education Series will be about “Fall Gardening and Cover Crops.” The presenter will discuss crop selection, soil preparation, season extenders, and ways to protect crops from frost if needed. 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, September 11th, 2017 at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
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 has been with us before and each time brings new knowledge, when it comes to gardening.” said Dorian Evans, Activity Specialist.   “The goal for the Gardener’s 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; the Parks and Recreation department wants guests to feel free to bring any plants that are looking to be identified by Justin. September’s topic will be the last one of 2017.

The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation department offers the Gardener’s Education Series which are free classes and 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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