The Community Garden Network has scheduled free gardening workshops for Friday February 3 and Saturday, February 4.  Lubbock’s Ken Hargescheimer will teach the seminars from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00  p.m. Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday.  Both will be held at the First Baptist ROC at Green and South Streets.
Hargescheimer has taught all over the world, offers workshops in gardening and mini-farming, and produces relevant videos through the Gardens/Mini Farms Network. His Longview seminars will concentrate on organic, no-till and permanent-bed gardening, featuring such topics as soil amendments/fertilizing, weed control, drip and bucket irrigation.  Anyone interested in gardening is urged to attend.  After the presentations there will be question-and-answer sessions.
Hargescheimer took his BS in agriculture from Texas Tech University in 1957 and worked three years in the university’s dairy farm before traveling the world to share his knowledge. He worked in Guatemala as a correspondence course director, and in Nigeria as business manager of a Christian college.
In 1995 he visited the Ivory Coast and put on one of his first mini-farming workshops. This was the kickoff of his habit of going abroad about once yearly to put on agriculture programs in such countries as Mexico, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Haiti, England, Nicaragua, India, Uzbekistan and South Africa.  His efforts are also extended to domestic audiences as he has taught in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, California, New Mexico, Washington and Arkansas.
The Longview Community Garden Network is a project of the Stragent Foundation, and strives to further the development of community gardens throughout East Texas.  Steering committee members represent community gardens maintained by multiple Longview congregations, ministries and education programs.