City recognizes Pat Farris

On June 19th, Vice Mayor Daley recognized Pat Farris for her dedicated service to the City of Lake Alfred.  Pat has lived in Polk County for 33 years and taught pre-k in the public school system until her retirement.  Pat has been a Polk County Master Gardener since 2007 and has logged over 2500 volunteer hours to date, both teaching gardening to adults and children, as well as working in many other gardening activities.  She has also served 4 years with Americorps volunteers, tutoring and reading to elementary students in Polk County.  From the first Master Gardner program in November 2010, she and Debra Howell have provided approximately 66 consecutive monthly programs at Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve.  Although Pat will not be coordinating the future presentations, she will continue to volunteer as a Master Gardener.  On behalf of the City Commission and citizens of Lake Alfred we would like to present this award to Pat Farris in recognition of her service as a Master Gardner, her dedication to conservation and the environment and her support in promoting the Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve.


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