Dig Deep: A Conference for Growers


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By: Betsy Friauf

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Howard Garrett, “The Dirt Doctor,” will bring his expertise in organic gardening to a July 22 conference sponsored by the Tarrant Area Food Bank for anyone interested in community gardening, home gardening or marketing what they grow.

Dig Deep: A Conference for Growers

Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Medical Education and Training Building
1000 Montgomery St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Registration for event: $25
Includes breakfast, lunch and tour of UNTHSC Community Garden

Sponsored by Tarrant Area Food Bank

Garrett has a decades-long, widespread following for his radio programs, books and natural organic products. He encourages everyone who grows things, from backyard gardeners to golf-course planners, to go organic.

As the noontime keynoter for the Dig Deep Conference, Garrett’s topic will be “Natural Organic Pest Control.” He’ll discuss how to protect and work with beneficial insects, as well as which natural, organic pest control products to use in certain situations. He will be available to sign his books.

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Also at the conference, Community Garden Coordinator Betsy Friauf and Sustainability Coordinator Sandy Bauman will present “Community Gardening 101.” Their illustrated talk will include audience participation in exploring use of your community’s assets to build support and improve your garden.

This session will feature:

  • How to decide if a community garden is the right answer for your community’s challenges.
  • How the UNTHSC garden was started.
  • Lessons learned at our own garden, now three and a half years old and donating hundreds of pounds of organic produce to food pantries.

You’ll be invited to tour our 35-plot garden, either during conference sign-in beginning at 8 a.m. or after the conference at 3:30 p.m.

You can choose from a dozen sessions. Some of the topics will be permaculture, edible landscapes, attracting volunteers and building community, funding and paperwork, city ordinances, and delivering to food deserts.

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