The Daily Nutmeg: From the Ground Up

By: Jane Rushmore

It’s hard work catching a chicken. Kids squat and chase in pursuit, feathers fly, parents look on equally amused and alert. “I don’t think I have ever touched a chicken before in my life,” says one mother. Changing that sort of thing is exactly what Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center is all about.

It’s a sunny weekend in early April, kicking off the Open Farm days that run every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with opportunities to explore the farm. This particular day is a special one, featuring a $10 seed planting workshop with full-time staff member and Farm Manager Shannon Raider. She uses organic soil and guides visitors through the process of planting flowers and vegetables like tomatoes (okay, okay, technically a fruit), green beans, and pumpkins. Read the entire article here.


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