Great Air Potato Round-Up
GAINESVILLE- Families and friends of all ages enjoyed the natural sites of Gainesville Saturday by being a helping hand in the community. More than 700 volunteers came together for the 15th annual Great Air Potato Round-up. Volunteers went around to various sites to remove air potatoes and other invasive exotic plants from Gainesville’s natural sites. The air potato is a non-native vine that threatens Florida’s native vegetation. Volunteers believe the fun and excitement of this event brings awareness to the community.
"We’re kind of shaping the local community by making an impact and it makes us feel good about ourselves. It’s an event to raise awareness as well. We have people out here that have been doing this for 15 years and it kind of creates a bond between everyone because we're all out here to help save the world," said Robert Kizer.
Volunteers collected about six tons of air potatoes this year.
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