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Local Growers Getting Ready for the 2018 New Port Richey Sweet Potato Round Up

Left to Right, Audrey Voss, Barbara Klepper, Sharon Powell-Sims

The Annual New Port Richey sweet potato harvest continues at Grand Gardens and other participating gardens and micro farms in the New Port Richey FarmNet. Through Labor Day, Grand Gardens has yielded 250 pounds of Sweet Potatoes, with the total for all FarmNet growers over 300 pounds. These sweet potatoes, like all fruits and vegetables from Grand Gardens and other FarmNet growers, are grown using organic principles and are free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The harvests will be part of the 3rd annual Sweet Potato Round Up, September 29 at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (11:00 – 1:00 p.m.).

Left to Right, Audrey Voss, Dell deChant, Sharon Powell-Sims

These local spuds are available to all in the community for a nominal cost: $3 a pound, $5 for two pounds, $10 for 5 pounds. All income from sales of the spuds remains in the community and support the work of Friendship Farms and New Port Richey FarmNet. Grand Gardens is sponsored by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare. It is a member of the New Port Richey FarmNet, and the Coalition of Community Gardens – Tampa Bay. It operates under the auspices of the New Port Richey Urban Agriculture Ordinance. For more information, contact Sylvia Spencer at (727) 269-1786 or Dell deChant.

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