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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Hold Your Horseradishes, Wait until Frost Threat Passes to Plant Gardens

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Go ahead and plan your best garden ever. You should even go out to the local farmers market or greenhouse and bring home those gorgeous tomato plants, seedling herbs, peppers and all the rest. Just please don’t plant them, yet.

Mark Twain may have been talking about Tennessee when he said, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait a minute.”

The current weather trend is a perfect example, with balmy mid-70’s days followed by stormy cold fronts with freezing temperatures at night.

Radishes

Radishes

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Outdoor Burning

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As fire crews contain hundreds of acres of wildfire that are currently burning in Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions.

“Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Care must be taken to ensure that burnings are conducted safely.”

9 out of 10 Wildfires are created by people.

9 out of 10 Wildfires are created by people.

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone that Raw Milk can be Hazardous to Your Health

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Milk, whether it comes from seemingly healthy cows, goats or any other animal, can cause serious health problems, including death, if it has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria.

This reminder from the Tennessee Department of Health comes following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement regarding hospitalizations and a death from Listeria infections linked to people drinking raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy.

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

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Tennessee Strawberries may have to Take Cover to avoid Frost

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee’s much anticipated strawberry crop will be ready for picking in the next two or three weeks. However, between now and harvest, if current forecasts hold, those berries may have to “take cover” several times to avoid frost damage.

Tennessee weather is predictably unpredictable. It may be spring, but Tennessee typically experiences a few more winter-like periods—called blackberry winter and dogwood winter—before the average late April last-freeze date has passed.

Strawberry Crops will be ready for picking the next few weeks.

Strawberry Crops will be ready for picking the next few weeks.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Rabies Vaccinations crucial in preventing Deaths

 

Health, Agriculture & TWRA Leaders Ask Tennesseans to Help Fight Deadly Disease

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – In the first three months of this year, the Tennessee Department of Health State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed rabies in three wild animals and five pet dogs and cats.

The deadly disease is causing concern for officials with the departments of Health and Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, who believe some may have forgotten or are not aware of the impact of rabies.

Rabies

Rabies

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Clarksville Parks and Recreation will Celebrate Arbor Day March 10th

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – On Thursday, March 10th at 10:00am, Clarksville City Forester Kathrine Stevenson, along with elementary school students, will celebrate “Arbor Day” by planting two Red Maple trees at Oakland Elementary School, located at 1050 Cherry Blossom Lane.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation to hold Arbor Day Celebration on March 10th

Clarksville Parks and Recreation to hold Arbor Day Celebration on March 10th

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Tennessee Farmers Markets Beat the Chill

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee farmers markets are giving customers what they want:  access to as many fresh local products as possible through the cold weather months. Winter farmers markets and online market options are part of the national movement to make local and seasonal eating a viable choice year round.

Winter markets offer a wide variety of fresh produce that grows well in cooler weather, like broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, carrots and cabbage. Autumn produce that stores well is also still available.

Winter Hoop House Crops. (TDA)

Winter Hoop House Crops. (TDA)

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says now is the Time to Find Great Local Gifts

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Are you running out of time to shop for everybody on your list? Can’t figure out what to give to people who already have everything, or want to send a reminder of home to friends and loved ones far away? Do you have favorite clients you want to remember?

There’s still time to give and send local artisan and farm-direct products, either individually or in gift baskets, with the help of Pick Tennessee and The Taste of Tennessee Online Store.

Gift Basket

Gift Basket

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says the Freshest Gift of All? A Whole Year of Local Foods

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A gift certificate from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm can provide a year of fresh produce and other local foods. The person or family who receives fresh foods and a local farmer will benefit from a delicious, health-minded gift that meets a need and will be appreciated all through the year.

In a CSA, a farmer contracts with people in the community to provide them with a portion of the year’s harvest. Customers pay the farmer in advance, before the produce season begins, which allows the farmer to buy seed, fertilizer, fuel and other inputs necessary to farm for the year.

Clarksville Farmers Market

Clarksville Farmers Market

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says get your Tree from a Christmas Tree Farm or visit for some Natural Fun

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Are you looking for a way to generate some holiday spirit that doesn’t involve a mall? Between now and Christmas, there’s no better place for an outing than a nearby Christmas tree farm. Even if you already have your tree, tree farms offer all sorts of options from wagon rides and hot chocolate to wreath-making classes and visits from Santa.

Natural trees from local tree farms are completely renewable, recyclable, 100 percent biodegradable and are close to home, leaving a negligible carbon footprint.

A Christmas Tree Farm

A Christmas Tree Farm

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