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Don’t miss Mid County Victory Garden’s pop-up Earth Day celebration this Friday

NEDERLAND — Mid County Victory Garden is celebrating its fourth annual pop-up Earth Day Party Friday during a Facebook Live event.

Organizer Desiree Kleypas said the event is a culmination of the end of spring gardening classes.

“We always do the (Earth) party on the Friday after work so people can come out, hang out and chill in the garden,” she said. “We intertwine the two and try to provide a nice relaxing day. The following Saturday, we teach our last class.”

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the last two classes were cancelled.

Desiree Kleypas points out different vegetation growing in the garden Wednesday as she prepares for this weekend’s pop-up Earth Day event.

Kleypas, along with owner of the Mid County Farm and Feed Supply David Poole, decided to celebrate the day virtually.

“We decided to go ahead and teach the final class live,” she said. “Nobody else has to be at the garden. We can do our whole thing and still commemorate the end of spring.”

The final installment of the spring curriculum will celebrate Earth Day with a live class starting at 6:30 p.m. taught by David Pool on Ecological Pest Control.

The class covers how to keep pests out of your garden in an organic way.

Although the day will lack local vendors, food, drinks, live music and crafts, there are still ways to support green businesses.

T-shirts will be pre-sold and available for drive-by pickup the night of the event. The shirt will come with a bag filled with goodies from local businesses unable to participate in the event.

Mid County Victory Garden is open in Nederland.

T-shirts are $15.

“This year we were really excited because we started working on it the earliest we had ever done it before,” Kleypas said. “Unfortunately, we can’t celebrate quite like we’re used to, but seeing all of the new gardeners pop up because of the current health scare, it let’s us know people need this information. We want to deliver it.”

Kleypas said gardening is a great way to spend time with family even under quarantine.

“I’ve seen a lot of families come and be involved in the garden,” she said. “They let the kids pick out what they want to grow and I know that when kids get involved in gardening it improves their diet.

“They are more willing to eat a vegetable that they grew rather than something they didn’t have any connection with. So it’s just been crazy to see the influx of people. It’s a great, healthy way to spend time together.”