FAMU Cooperative Extension 2015 Spring Agri-Showcase Farm Fest

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University  Program, will be hosting the 2015 Spring Fest Agri-Showcase on Saturday, June 13.  

The event will be held by the College of Agricultural and Food Sciences Cooperative Extension from 9 a.m.–3 p.m, at the FAMU Research and Extension center in Quincy.

Vonda Richardson, Extension Specialist, in marketing & farm management at FAMU explains how the Farm Fest is beneficial to agriculture.

“This event is beneficial to the agricultural community and it provides the opportunity to showcase the various applied research, technologies and opportunities available to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of small-scale agricultural operations,” said Richardson.

FAMU Farm Fest is to inform the public of the “land-grant concept” in education that embraces teaching, researching and outreach at FAMU.

Amelia Davis, FAMU’s Cooperative Extension Communications liaison stated how the Farm Fest all begun.

“What started out as “Field Day” turned into a bi-annual celebration of the research and farming at the FAMU Research and Extension Center,” said Davis.

Many local farmers, producers, and families in the Big Bend and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend this event, because it is educational and entertaining.

Davis said that she expects a great amount of people to attend the event this year.

“The Farm Festival draws attendees of the agriculture community as far as Orlando, Fla. The attendance for each festival has increased over the years, ranging from 250-500 attendees.”

There will be health and nutrition awareness displays, screenings, exhibits, farm tours, and door prizes. There will also be product tasting and sampling for all to enjoy.

Sharonda Washington, a fourth-year FAMU Pre-Vet student from Jacksonville Fla., says this will be her first time attending the event.

“I will be volunteering at the event,” said Washington. “I wish to learn how the community interacts with the farming.”

Exhibit booth spaces are available for companies, agencies and individuals interested in participating.

Registration for the farm fest is on-site only, with a fee of $5.00 for adults; $2 for children under 17, and free for children five and under. The registration fee includes a BBQ lunch and souvenir bag.

For any questions or additional information, contact the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at 850-599-3546 and/or extension@famu.edu.