Local growers and farmers want to share their advice and products with area gardeners during the Augusta Locally Grown Grow Your Own Fair on Tuesday.
The event at the Augusta Jewish Community Center on Weinberger Way in Evans will run 2-7 p.m.
Augusta Locally Grown is a nonprofit group out to encourage people to “grow their own food or to buy locally that which they can’t grow,” said event organizer Kim Hines.
Tuesday’s fair will include local farmers selling chemical-free seedlings, which are often difficult to find locally, in addition to experts to answer questions. Among some of the services offered will be information on raised beds, smart watering, organic manures, worm farming, organic berry bushes and vegetable seedlings.
“We will even have someone there who will be sharing information on raising your own backyard poultry,” said Hines.
Featured experts will include Karen Smith of Longwood Plantation and Southern Native Planting, Jeffrey Holder of EnvironScaping, Angela Magney of GingerSnap Hollow Farm, Steve Gianino of Legacy Gardens, and Toni Bass of Tara Hills Aviary.
Augusta Locally Grown is a modern-day online farmer’s market. Each week, farmers and growers list their seasonally-available products on www.AugustaLocallyGrown.org.
That might mean fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, flowers, eggs, honey or live plants. Everything, Hines said, is “fresh, local and naturally grown.”
Buyers then place an online order with pickup available the following week at one of three Augusta area locations: the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans, Frameworks and Tire City Potters in downtown Augusta, and the Riverwood Barn at Riverwood Plantation in Evans.
“We are an online farmers market at this time,” said Hines, who also serves as market manager. “We are hoping to start a traditional farmer’s market in Evans at some point.”
To bring awareness of area grown products to the public and to encourage others to grow locally, Augusta Locally Grown decided to hold the “Grow Your Own” Fair.
“I have run into so many more people who want to do this and our farmers want people to do this, as well,” said Hines. “There will be serious expertise at this little event.”
For more on Augusta Locally Grown or the “Grow Your Own” Fair, call Hines at (706) 288-7895.