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Youth Gardening and Youth Farmers Market Program

By Tony Rose

Beginning in February 2016 and continuing through the project year, the Adair County 4-H program will be conducting a Youth Gardening and Youth Farmers Market program. This program is open to 10 youth and is on a first come first serve sign up. Deadline to register for the program is January 29th. Registration forms may be picked up at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service located at 409 Fairground Street.

This Gardening and Youth Farmers Market project will give youth a chance to be involved in an entrepreneurship project. Selected youth will raise a vegetable garden. Youth will develop a plan for a garden project, types of materials for a garden, site preparation, seed or plant selection, raising a garden, and also the youth will be required sell part of their product at a Youth Farmer's Market.

Participating youth will receive up to $50.00 to use towards purchasing needed materials for their gardens.

Participants must keep accurate records on expenses, income, and labor records. Participants will sell at least 50% of their products at a Youth Farmer's Market and the rest may be used by participant. The Youth Farmer's Market will start in June and continue at least until the middle part of August.

Garden preparation will begin in March, April or May depending on the type of plants selected for the garden. Participants will attend an educational session on gardening and a farmer's market program. Youth will learn about marketing, pricing, and displaying their products.

Garden sizes will be determined by the land available to the participant and what types of plants the participants would like to raise and sell. Youth will use UK Extension publications and 4-H publications with their project.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

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