Cultivating community at the Farmer’s Market

By Katherine Waters

Sun Staff Intern

NORWICH – A Chenango County native has been spending her summer at The Place, teaching school-aged children about the importance of eating locally grown food.

As a senior project, Julie Almeter created “Cultivating Community.” This new program is designed to “provide a simple and effective model of agriculture that engages youth in hands on activities of food production and environmental awareness,” she said.

For children, the program translates into a fun, summertime activity where they can learn where the food they eat was grown.

The children began their exploration of food production in April by planting seeds and seedlings in the community’s gardens. All seeds and seedlings were donated by Kelly’s Flowers off state Rt. 23 and High Mowing Seeds of Vermont.

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