When I travel to national horticulture meetings, I often hear the statement "How do we get the next generation interested in horticulture?" One way to do that is to give kids opportunities to practice horticulture skills and then encourage and financially reward them in their efforts at growing plants.
Hillsborough County youth in 4-H and FFA clubs have been growing plants for the Strawberry Festival Youth Plant Show and Sale and will be entering their projects on Wed. March 1, 2017. Plants will be judged for best of class and best of show awards and then all plants will be auctioned off in a silent and live auction on Sunday, March 5th, 2017. The silent auction starts at 11:30 am the live auction will start at 2:30 pm. The best part about buying plants at the auction is that you will get free tickets to next year's festival when you get on the buyer list. If you are one of the top buyers you will get tickets and free parking right up close to the action for next year's event.
This is a great opportunity to motivate youth to continue to flex their "green thumbs" and reward their efforts. Not only are they learning to grow plants but they are building business, marketing, social, and personal skills that they will need later in life. Please come out and support the Strawberry Festival Youth Plant Show and Sale and continue to keep Hillsborough youth growing. If you have any questions about this event please give Shawn Steed a ring at the Extension office 813-744-5519.