Local farms set to speak at the library on Sunday

Published 7:00 am Friday, March 16, 2018

Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library will host presentations from various local farmers Sunday afternoon to educate the public that food is grown locally in Pearl River County.

Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library President Linda Hanberry said attendees of the event will learn about the kinds of produce and other products being grown in Pearl River County. The presentations will begin at 2 p.m. at the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library and refreshments will be served.

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“There is a lot of interest in the field of gardening and farming in Pearl River County, so we decided to arrange a program where our local farms could have the opportunity to talk to the community,” Hanberry said.

The six farms set to speak on Sunday include J.D. Blueberry Farm, Farm Education Organic Veggies, Kirby’s Picayune Blueberry Farms, Shroomdom Inc., Buddy’s Bees and Ray’s Brittle.

Hanberry said in order for every farmer to share their story and information about their work, each presentation will last about 15 minutes.

Jerry Kirby, from Kirby’s Picayune Blueberry Farms, said he will give a PowerPoint presentation, where he will discuss topics such as the kind of blueberries he grows, how people can pick their own blueberries during harvest time and how too much rain affects his work.

“I have four fields where I grow 13 different types of blueberries and I’m also in the process of adding apricots and peaches to my list,” Kirby said.

Kirby said that even though most people think harvest time for blueberries is in June and July, harvest season begins mid-May. Anyone interested in learning more about blueberries or picking their own blueberries can contact Kirby at (601) 799-7243.

“There are a lot of things being grown here in Pearl River County that we might not know about, so this is a great opportunity for everyone to come and learn something new,” Hanberry said.