URI Master Gardeners to distribute thousands of free seed packets to community groups, Feb. 17

Remaining seed packets to be donated to Puerto Rico

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WHO: University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners, URI Cooperative Extension staff, and hundreds of representatives of local community groups, including scouts, schools, 4H Clubs, community gardens and others.

WHAT: Community groups will each pick up an average of 200 packets of free vegetable and flower seeds donated by Ocean State Job Lot and distributed by the Master Gardeners and Cooperative Extension staff. Every year, the company donates hundreds of thousands of leftover seed packets from the previous growing season for use by local community groups looking to plant gardens. Any seeds not picked up by the end of the day will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots program in Puerto Rico. A one-hour lesson in how to grow plants from seeds will begin at noon.

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: URI’s East Farm, 1 East Farm Road, Kingston.

CONTACT: Todd McLeish in the URI Department of Marketing and Communications at 401-874-2116 or tmcleish@uri.edu.