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     The Georgia Southern Botanical Garden will holds its annual Farm & Forest Festival and Plant Sale today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The festival allows children of all ages to see what farm life was like back in the 1920s and 1930s through arts & crafts, games and activities. Farm-fresh produce provided by local farmers will be available for purchase at the Farmer’s Market. Admission to the event is free.
    Without big chain grocery and department stores, farm families had to make their own entertainment, grow their own food, and make their own clothes. At the festival, children can take turns plowing with an old-fashioned plow, making soap and washing clothes, sewing, milking a “cow,” and making ice cream. It wasn’t all work on the farm: other activities include “fishing,” making clothspin dolls, making musical instruments, dancing, and playing games like horse shoes, hot potato, and sack races.
    “So many children come to the Garden and are fascinated by the old barns and vegetable garden,” says Carolyn Altman, education coordinator. “We try to help everyone understand the connection between the land and our daily lives, whether its through the Bland family farmstead or the longleaf pine forests. The festival is one way we do that.”
    As part of the festival, the Garden is hosting a farmer’s market where local farmers will have fresh produce, some organic, for sale. There will also be baked goods, seasonal decorations, jams & jellies, syrup, and much more.          “Even bringing children to the market and letting them pick out their food from the people who planted, nurtured, and harvested the food is educational,” Altman added.
    The Farm & Forest Festival includes a fall plant sale featuring a wide variety of shrubs, trees, and familiar and unusual annuals and perennials to add to your garden. A highlight of the sale is the large selection of native plants.
    The festival is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Garden is located at 1505 Bland Avenue. For more information, call 871-1149.

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