Rice...And HarvestFest!
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Rice...And HarvestFest!

Rice is grown in six states. Arkansas produces more than 50 percent rice in the U.S. There are specialty varieties or long, medium or short grain rice. The Rice Federation has developed a great website that showcases rice, its nutritional information, publications and its farm assistance.   

You will find our Rice Paddy Pond at the corner of the Pig Exhibit. It is a raised bed filled with water. We raised three 24” x 36’ planters with bricks. Inside the planters, we filled the space with pro-mix overlaid with pea gravel. This past spring, we planted 54 plants total in the three flats. The water level has been kept at a steady height of 12 inches. The overflow has gone into the pig exhibit and out the drain.   

Oryza sativa is a grass that can grow up to 2.5 to 3 feet tall. The flowers are visible in July to August. In September, it is time to begin the harvest process. When you visit during our Harvest Festival, September 28-29, stop by to see our Rice Paddy Pond. There will be crop information from the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service on Cotton, Rice and Corn. There will be more than 28 vendors that depict the Farm life of old.   

Come visit Once Upon A Farm during our Harvest Festival and enjoy first-hand knowledge of crops, crafts and artistry. The event will be held Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  


Posted by Zoo Info at 2:39 PM