First Spring Garden Fair celebrates local produce Thursday in Bolivia

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

A spring garden fair Thursday in Bolivia is designed to highlight fresh produce and its benefits.

The Brunswick County Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program and Brunswick County Health Services will feature the fair on the side lawn of the health services building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the county government complex in Bolivia.

WIC nutritionist Maureen Hubbard said the goal is to promote eating more fruits and vegetables.

“We’re trying to get the community eat locally versus [store-bought],” Hubbard said.

WIC has partnered with other community organizations to help increase awareness of eating locally grown produce, Hubbard said.

Representatives with Brunswick County Cooperative Extension will be on hand to answer questions about growing a family garden.

Folks with Greenland Farmstore in Bolivia will address composting and seed-saving. There will also be cooking demonstration using locally grown produce purchased from Feast Down East, also known as the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program (SENCFS).

The event will have activities designed for the entire family, Hubbard said.

Local day-care groups will also be participating.

WIC will raffle off 10 community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes from Greenland Farms. The boxes provide families with a week’s worth of produce and include recipes for families to prepare produce at home.

The Department of Social Services will be participating, Brunswick Community College’s health center will promote wellness and kids’ summer camp, and Walgreens will also be doing a health promotion, Hubbard said.

Other participants include Brunswick County Libraries representatives reading books and cooperative extension Master Gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions. Home Depot will be helping kids with gardening. Shelton Herb Farm will be there as well.

Brunswick County Health Services will also be checking car seats.

For more information, call Hubbard at (910) 253-2288.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.