All of the recent warm weather has me thinking about spring and it will be here before you know it! Next weekend on March 11 it will be time to "Spring Forward" on your clock for Daylight Saving Time and in recognition of the changing seasons, Paulding County Cooperative Extension will play host to Spring Forward Paulding—A Green Living festival on March 10, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Paulding County High School. Come celebrate all things local and sustainable with Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, Paulding County 4-H'ers, local businesses, local farms, Paulding County High School's FFA students, the Paulding County Water Department, GreyStone Power, Georgia Department of Transportation and many others. Come learn about vegetable and landscape gardening, water conservation, energy conservation, raising a backyard flock, beekeeping, local food and farmers markets, and local businesses from experts and enthusiasts.
The morning will include presentations on organic gardening, composting, greenspace in Paulding County, and backyard flocks from local experts on the topics. Presentations will begin in the high school's auditorium at 10 a.m. and continue until noon. Demonstrations will be going on all day long in auditorium entry hall and Paulding County 4-H Horse and Pony Club will make concessions available during the festival.
Walter Reeves, “The Georgia Gardener,” will be the keynote speaker. Reeves hosts “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” on NewsTalk WSB every Saturday morning, as well as “Your Southern Garden” on Georgia Public Television. Walter will speak at 1 p.m. and this portion of the festival requires a ticket. This is likely to be a popular portion of the program, so advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Entry to the festival demonstrations is free, but tickets for Reeves’ appearance must be purchased in advance for $5 at the Paulding County Cooperative Extension or Elrod Garden Center. If any seats are available on the day of the festival, tickets will be available at the door for $10 (Cash or check only, we are not able to process credit or debit card payments.).