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Baltimore School District farm give kids chance to grow

Friday, August 13, 2010

Kids in Baltimore are getting a chance to learn about farming.
Kids in Baltimore are getting a chance to learn about farming.

Farm equipment may not be a common sight for residents of Baltimore, Maryland, although students in the city are getting a look at how crops are raised.

According to a recent report from the Catonsville Times, the Great Kids Farm is a site that is owned by the Baltimore School district. The facility, which is located on 33 acres at the Bragg Nature Study, opened to help children learn about agriculture back in 2008.

"It gives our students an opportunity to explore, taste things they've never tasted before and smell things they've never smelled before," farm manager Greg Strella told the Times.

The produce grown on the property - which is maintained in part by students - goes to roughly 50 administrators and teachers within the district who have invested in the farm. It is also sold at a farmers market in Baltimore along with a number of restaurants.

A number of similar programs have sprouted across the country and give children the chance to grow their own food. Often what they produce is incorporated into a school district's daily lunch program.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19925310-ADNFCR

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