Free Backyard Farming Workshops every Saturday Morning in June & July

Workshop will offer planning solutions for potential future food shortages

The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket will host free backyard farming workshops every Saturday morning in June and July at 10:30 a.m. at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. Workshops will cover topics about food security, backyard vegetable gardening, beekeeping, raising livestock for eggs and meat, permaculture, brewing and distilling and food preservation.

This year’s workshop series is titled “When the Shelves Go Bare” and deals with increased concerns about a potential future food shortage.

“Just as we pay insurance for our cars, but don’t expect to be in an accident, we should know the basics of growing our own food as insurance against potential disruptions that may or may not come,” says organic farmer and GreenMarket Manager Santiago De Choch.

Inspired by growing up in civil unrest in South America, De Choch experienced his share of bare shelves. Later, he traveled and lived in areas that went through different events affecting the food security of the population, including Eastern Europe in the years following the collapse of the Berlin wall, Latin America and the Middle East.

Although workshops are free, small donations are welcomed. For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visitArtInLee.org.

Slough Guided Walks Continue

Guided walks at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve continue to be offered every Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Meet a Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist at the boardwalk entrance a few minutes early to sign up for a 90-minute tour. Guided walks are free with paid parking of $1 per hour per vehicle. The Interpretive Center is expected to reopen on Saturday, June 10, following scheduled maintenance that began on May 15. The boardwalk remains open daily from dawn until dusk.

The parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle covers entrance to all facilities at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd. Restrooms and water fountains are located within the building and at the boardwalk entrance. Picnic areas are designated around the Rock and Stroll Garden in the center of the parking lot. For more information, LeeGov.com/Parks.

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