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Sep. 26, 2006
A trip to the farm!
Recently, my department took a trip to work on two local farms. We started the day at Gospel Flat Farm. It's been owned by the same family for 25 years and they grow all kinds of different fruits and vegetables. They're part of the local school lunch program that's trying to get organic local foods into kid’s lunches. They also sell weekly organic veggie boxes to the community and sell their produce at the local farmer’s markets. While there, we planted some seedlings and spent some time picking weeds from the tiny carrot plants. We also got to harvest some foods like basil, corn, tomatoes, broccoli and onions and make them into pizza! There's nothing quite like eating foods that are pulled right from the ground. 

The next farm we visited was called Blackberry Farm. Our wonderful host, Aggie, had planned quite a day for us. We spent the afternoon pulling out cattails from her huge overgrown pond! It was a lot of work, but we got it all done and she treated us to tea and homemade cake afterwards.

It was really great having a chance to spend the day at these farms getting our hands dirty. Getting in touch with where food comes from makes me appreciate it so much more. I'm so happy that there are folks like these out there growing this delicious and healthy food.

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