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Matlacha Civic Association meeting to feature summer gardening presentation

March 18, 2015
By Nancy A. Hindenach (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

How do you grow low maintenance plants that will thrive in Southwest Florida summers?

Today, March 18, the Matlacha Civic Association hosts Rick Burnett from ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), sharing information on "Southwest Florida Vegetables and Gardening in the Summer Months."

In Southwest Florida with no winter freeze to kill off pests and diseases, and dramatic fluctuations in rainfall, it is a challenge to grow the temperate climate plants from "up North." However, if you visit ECHO in North Fort Myers, you will find food plants growing, even in summer.

At the MCA meeting, discover annual and perennial plant varieties that will thrive with little maintenance and chemical management. Burnett, the director of agriculture at ECHO, and his family relocated here from Thailand in 2013 where they worked from 1994. ECHO's summer garden varieties originated in tropical rainforests and hot humid lowlands. More information at cgkw.pbworks.com/f/Vegetables+for+SW+Florida+in+the+Summer+Months.pdf

Information on Container Gardening and a Community Garden Toolkit may be found at echonet.org

For over 30 years, ECHO has worked to reduce hunger and improve the lives of small scale farmer worldwide. ECHO shares and teaches best practices in sustainable agriculture and technology in more than 165 countries.

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Two free tickets will be given away at MCA's evening meeting to attend ECHO's Global Food and Farm Festival, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival has provided thousands of attendees with the opportunity to taste exotic foods, experience life in a foreign country and explore the global farm, learning about food and culture in a new way.

Spend an day at ECHO's 50-acre global farm and tour a tropical rainforest demonstration, the 300+ variety seed bank. Take an educational tour of the fruit tree arboretum, or learn about alternative energies as they are demonstrated in the appropriate technology area! Kids of all ages can taste, touch, and experience their way around the world as they learn about world hunger and ways they can make an impact!

Tickets are just $5 per person, 10 and under are free if purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event for $7 per person, 10 and under free.

ECHO is located at 17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers.

Matlacha Civic Association meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m,. in the Pine Island Art Association building, on the left, just inside entrance of Matlacha Community Park, 4577 Pine Island Road, N.W., Matlacha.

 
 

 

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