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Organic gardening topic of spring symposium

Organic gardening will be a featured topic at the 8th Annual Spring Symposium presented by Purdue Master Gardeners of LaGrange County from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, in the Shipshewana Event Center. The center is located at 760 S. VanBuren St. in Shipshewana.

Elysia Rodgers will present “Organic Gardening.” She is the Purdue Extension Educator of Agriculture and Natural Resources in DeKalb County. Rodgers attended Hillsdale College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and then attended Michigan State University, graduating with a Master’s degree in crop and soil science. Immediately after graduating from college, she started her career with Purdue Extension in DeKalb County and has been there for four years and counting. Rodgers and her husband just completed their first summer at their new home, raising a large garden and she quickly learned how to can all their own garden produce. They try to live as sustainably as possible, raising what they eat.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “March Into Spring 2014.” In addition to Rodgers’ presentation, the day’s program also includes “Herbs and Aromatherapy,” “Bee Informed,” and “Native Plantings.”

Area vendors will be on hand with a variety of products and services and a silent auction will also be featured with many items waiting for bids. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Registration fee for the day includes morning refreshments and lunch. The registration deadline is March 15. Program flyers including reservation forms are available via e-mail by request to vwirick@embarqmail.com or at Purdue Extension, County Office Building, 114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN 46761 or call 260-499-6334.

Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Maxine Troyer at 260-768-4231 or mtroyer@centurylink.net.