MKR Gardening Programs

Master gardeners from Alachua and Marion Counties were treated to a terrific double-header on February 28, 2009, at the Rawlings farm. Jim Stephens, UF Emeritus Professor of Horticulture, revealed the secrets of planting spring vegetables as it was done in the years when Marjorie Rawlings lived in Cross Creek. With the assistance of Jacqui Roberts, MKR volunteer Master Gardener, Jim prepared the soil and planted seeds and tomato seedlings in the garden. Dan Cantliffe, Chair of the UF Horticultural Sciences Department and president of the Friends of the MKR Farm CSO, followed Jim's demonstration with the history of citrus and its importance in sustaining the author's life in Cross Creek.

Jim Stephens and Jacqui.

Master Gardeners get tips from Jim Stephens.

Master Gardeners get tips from Jim Stephens.