Magic Moments Newsletter: May 2018

Magic Moments Newsletter: May 2018

May 1, 2018


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It is beautiful May!

This month's newsletter is chock-full of gardening tips, where to buy local ag, and plants of all kinds. Summer is right around the corner, and there is still time to finally plant that garden you've talked about for years.

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Karen McCully is owner of Amazin’ Acres of Fun in Sparta, Tennessee. The McCullys were second generation dairy and tobacco farmers, but when the market took a turn they found other ways to diversify. That includes strawberries! Karen shares with listeners how Amazin’ Acres protected their crop from several early cold snaps and how pick-your-own farms are the perfect place to reconnect with community, food, and family. Listen now.

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May 2018 Events in TN

May 4-5: Townsend Spring Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day
May 4-26: Memphis in May International Festival
May 6-12: West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
May 8-12: Wilderness Wildlife Week
May 19: Urban Gardening Festival
May 19: Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival

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Agriculture making headlines

Shade is a challenging place to garden, right? Garden expert Carol Reese would say not at all, contrary to some opinions. It is certainly challenging if you expect to grow turfgrass, or plants that require full sun, and it can be challenging if you aren’t cognizant of how shade impacts cultural needs. Learn how to grow your own shade garden »

A third-generation farmer from Jackson who manages more than 5,000 acres of row crops has been named the Tennessee Farmer of the Year by University of Tennessee Extension. Johnny Verell, who farms in partnership with his father and grandfather, John Verell Jr. and John Verell Sr., rose to the top of the competition because of his business savvy, his land stewardship and his devotion to community service. Learn more about this year's farmer of the year »

Are you a gardener gearing up for the growing season? Local farmers markets, on-farm greenhouses, and retail garden centers are filling with gorgeous flowers and vegetable plants that promise bountiful harvests. Learn how you can buy local this summer with confidence »

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