Inaugural Hope Farmers Market plant clinic to be held Nov. 10 in Austin

People looking at vegetables at farmers market

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Serivce in Travis County and the Travis County Master Gardeners will present their first Hope Farmers Market plant clinic Nov. 10 in Austin. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County and Travis County Master Gardeners are collaborating to present their first Hope Farmers Market plant clinic on Nov. 10 in Austin.

The clinic will be held at the farmers market, which will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 412 Comal St.

“The plant clinic will be held in conjunction with a group of students presenting do-it-yourself aeroponics projects, so we expect to get a lot of inquiries related to houseplants,” said Sheryl Williams, AgriLife Extension horticulture program assistant, Travis County.

Williams said the booth will have signage identifying it as the Travis County Master Gardener Plant Clinic. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions.

Williams said Travis County Master Gardener Yvonne Schneider is primarily responsible for the    coordination of the new clinic and also oversees clinics at the Texas Farmers Market at both Mueller and Lakeline locations.

“Yvonne helps lead youth education at other Travis County Master Gardener events, which gave her the idea for including children’s activities with the clinic,” she said.

“The plant clinic is essentially a traveling help desk with experts on hand to respond to whatever gardening- and horticulture-related questions the public may have,” Williams said. “This provides a unique opportunity for the public to meet our county Master Gardeners and engage them in conversation.”

Williams said the clinic will be a positive experience for all members of the family.

“Adults can obtain useful information about their plants, and we will have fun and educational activities at the booth for children,” she said. “Having something of interest for the entire family and having experts on-site to address plant concerns in person should really help amplify the conversation.”

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