Pine Jog Elementary Plants First Urban Peach Grove

Pine Jog Elementary School students will be planting the first urban peach grove in Palm Beach County.  Named UFSun, this special variety of peaches was developed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for South Florida’s unique weather conditions. 

When? Wednesday, July 20th, 2012 between 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Where? Pine Jog Elementary – 6315 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415. 

Students will plant and nurture these peach trees with hopes of harvesting fruit within the next three years.  Arthur Kirstein of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and Erica Whitfield of the School District of Palm Beach County secured these trees for Pine Jog and will provide training on the planting and maintenance requirements for these special trees.  

“We are looking forward to this new project that will bring new educational opportunities to our school specially because the trees are genetically design to withstand the heat of Florida. They will produce attractive, non-melting sweet tasting peaches,” said Mr. Fred Barch, Principal. 

For more information contact Fred Barch at (561) 656-5421or via e-mail at fred.barch@palmbeachschools.org.    

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org.