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Title:Veteran’s Gardening Project
Date:4/17/2021 - 6/12/2021
Address:Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Dr
Location:Dothan, AL
Hours:9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cost/Cover:See details below.
Contact Info:256-372-5710
Details:Veteran’s Gardening Project at Landmark Park in Dothan, AL
A partnership between Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Landmark Park and the
Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D).

Objective: To build and strengthen the local food system while providing veterans and their families the opportunity to come together for a hands-on, mission-driven, gardening project. From tomatoes to native pollinator beds, veterans from all age groups and backgrounds will be invited to utilize the raised bed gardens at Landmark Park outside of Dothan Alabama.

The program will host a series of workshops that will cover the basics of gardening for those who are just beginning their green thumb journey as well as other topics for those who are more experienced. All programs will be held at Landmark Park and a short workday will follow the educational aspect, weather dependent.

The garden will be open during Landmark Park’s normal business hours to any veteran and their families (or friends) who wish to come out and work in the garden. You will be allowed free entry, but we ask that you sign in at the gate and that you record what you worked on in a binder that will be stationed near the garden.

Tools will be available to use while at the park and seeds will be provided. We ask that you wear a mask and bring your own gardening gloves. Any additional produce not harvested for personal use will be sent to the local food bank as part of Alabama Extension’s Grow More Give More program.

There will be workshops held every third Saturday and every third Wednesday on opposite schedules. Each workshop will begin at 9:00 AM and go to roughly 11:00 AM. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to working in the gardens.

Come by for a socially distanced in-person event. We encourage bringing any and all questions to each workshop no matter the relevance to the workshop topic.

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Registration

Register for the project by following the link:
www.aces.edu/event/veterans-gardening-project-informational-event/

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Schedule & Topics


-- April 17th – 3rd Workshop on weed control, common garden pests & diseases, and review of planting strategies.

-- April 28th – 4th Workshop on composting.

-- May 8th – 5th Workshop on pollinators and what to plant for them.

-- May 19th – 6th Workshop on more garden pests and diseases.

-- May 29th – 7th Workshop on fertilizing and harvesting tips.

-- May 31st – Special Memorial Day Event TBA

-- June 12th – 8th and last workshop for the season! Tips on wrapping up beds, saving seeds, and thinking about the next season.

Our last session for the season will most likely end before all the produce has been harvested and we hope that participants will continue to come and take care of the beds so that the harvest will be bountiful!

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More Information

If you cannot make it to a certain workshop, feel free to reach out to Kerry Steedley: kes0150@aces.edu for more information.

You can visit the Landmark Park Veteran’s Gardening Project at www.landmarkparkdothan.com/veterans-gardening-project/to view the calendar of events and for additional information and contacts.

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Additional resources can be found at:

-- Farming Basics Online Course www.aces.edu/blog/topics/ipm-farming/farming-basics-online-course-2/

-- Download the Alabama Extension Farming Basics Mobile App: www.aces.edu/blog/topics/ipm-farming/farming-basics-mobile-app/

-- Operation Grow for Military Veterans www.aces.edu/blog/topics/crop-production/operation-grow-for-military-veterans/

- Grow More Give More www.aces.edu/blog/topics/products-programs-lawn-garden/grow-more-give-more/

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome! Please let us know if you have accessibility needs.
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