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Mother’s Day Flowers

Hopefully we all remember to get flowers for our wonderful moms this Mother’s Day. What better way to treat her to something special than by giving her homegrown flowers? Today, I want to shine a spotlight on a few plants that can supply you with cut flowers to make your mom feel even more special on her day. Hydrangeas Hydrangeas ...

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The Role of Social Capital to Create Change

I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. When I was a child, Louisiana was ranked very low for its educational outcomes. I attended a neighborhood school that my mother was not pleased with at all. I was excelling in school but when quizzed, I really didn’t know much. I was a master of memorization with limited skills to explain how I arrived at the ...

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Tree Grafting with Drew

Did you know you can take one variety of fruit tree and attach it, or “graft” it, to a whole different variety of tree? Tree Grafting is just one of the many horticultural adventures we embark on daily as part of our exciting Big Tex Urban Farms initiative. In this video our Big Tex Urban Farms Manager, Drew Demler, will ...

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Carrot Cake

Created by , Paige D. Hoyt – Lewisville, TX 2nd Place–Cake Baking Carrot cakes are a spring time classic! Enjoy this delicious recipe and be ready to {hop} on in to your spring festivities with the best dessert. Don’t forget to share a photo of your masterpiece by using #StateFairofTx Cake Ingredients 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. ...

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Big Tex Urban Farm Update: April 2017

The 2017 growing season is off to a busy start at the Big Tex Urban Farms. In early March, we moved the farm from its winter home on the Midway back to its original location next to the State Fair administration building. Our farm grew from an initial 100 boxes to 170, and we plan to expand it into 500 ...

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Relational Cultural Theory: The Basis of the Work We Do

I was fortunate to attend an Intensive at the Jean Baker Miller Institute on Relational Cultural Theory for two years.  Much of my work at the State Fair of Texas and within the community is based on this theory.  Relational Cultural Theory “is not forming a separated, independent self, but rather the ability to participate actively in relationships that foster ...

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Spring Lawn Care in Texas

With temperatures on the rise, and the days slowly but surely getting longer, it is clear that spring is coming up quickly! We all know spring is an active time in the garden, but it is also an important time to give attention to our lawns. There are several tasks to perform this time of year to help our lawns ...

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Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew: Knowing the ABCD’s

I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members, part of the Mayor of Dallas’ “Grow South Initiative,” to discuss assets in the community at the University of North Texas-Dallas. I was so impressed with their efforts to build communities in the Southern sector. One of the challenges that many face in ...

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Growing Roses in Texas

Roses, an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day. You can hardly go anywhere this time of year without running into a stand that is selling bouquets of roses ready-made to brighten someone’s day! Roses are also a classic staple in landscaping and in the flower garden. Today, I’m going to tell you how to grow them in Texas and share some ...

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Fruit Trees in January

Here is a short, and dare I say sweet, blog post from our Errol McKoy Greenhouse Manager: January is a great time to plant fruit trees. The trees are dormant, which is good for planting, and the garden centers usually have their best selection of the year. Here are a few links to articles that I wrote throughout the past couple ...

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