UF/IFAS to Help Replant 100,000 Blueberry Bushes Downed by Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry.

Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS network to recruit volunteers to come to the farm and help save the plants. Organizers expect more than 100 volunteers.

Volunteers who want to help a major Florida blueberry grower recover from Hurricane Irma include, University of Florida students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension agents, researchers, 4-H youth and local residents.

Volunteers should bring gloves, hats and sunscreen.

Volunteers will gather to help Frogmore Fresh Farm on September 16.

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