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UGA professor wants more blueberries growing in Georgia

A University of Georgia professor is looking to get more blueberries in homeowners' gardens.

Scott Nesmith gave a presentation Tuesday at the Southern turf conference in Tifton.

He said there were only about 3,500 acres of blueberries in Georgia 25-years ago.

That's grown rapidly to 20,000 acres.

He wants to get backyard gardeners involved.

“Think this is something you might can have in your yard. So if a child goes out and grabs a handful of berries and eats them, you won't have to worry is that a poisonous plant or something. It is actually healthy for the child and that is what we like to see,” said Scott Nesmith, UGA Professor.

Nesmith is working on new varieties of blueberries that he hopes will hit the market in the next year.

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