In keeping with the town’s agricultural heritage, Pike Road will usher in spring with an event helping fruit growers gain more from their investments.
A March 15 workshop will help gardeners and farmers improve their fruit production. The gathering will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Founders Station, located at 4902 Pike Road.
Auburn University’s Dr. Leanne Dillard and Courteney McNamee, an extension expert who specializes in horse nutrition, will teach horse owners which plants provide vital nutrition and how to grow and maintain them to meet the animal’s needs.
Extension agent Gary Gray will show gardeners and farmers fruits that grow well in central Alabama.
“All growers – from home gardeners to experienced farmers – are welcomed to join us and learn to grow different kinds of fruit for both home and the market,” Waddell said.
The event will include time for questions and discussion and is free.
“Fruit has tremendous nutritional and health benefits and should be an important part of everyone’s diet,” Gray said. “There are so many types of fruit that can be grown in Alabama. And while pests often present challenges, many available pest-resistant varieties make home fruit growing considerably easier.”
The event is part of the ongoing Agriculture & Stewardship Seminar Series, which is presented in a partnership between the Montgomery County branch of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Town of Pike Road, Waddell said.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Montgomery County branch of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in 2019,” Mayor Gordon Stone said. “ACES has a long history of providing valuable educational tools for farmers and landowners.”