Monday, September 25, 2023

Newburgh Students Hold Agricultural Event

Newburgh Enlarged City School District students planned and held a two-day agricultural event as part of a Farm to School program. The students’ extensive planning began last August with the culminating event in May.

Students in the District’s Empire Program’s Urban Agriculture course planned an interactive agriculture fair called AgriCon. This event was held over the course of two days in a field at Newburgh Free Academy North Campus.

The students planned to include approximately twenty exhibitors who shared verbal, visual, and hands-on presentations on agriculture and agriculture-adjacent careers, topics and skills, including the benefits of eating fresh local produce and how to care for the earth. Exhibitors set up activities at tables under a large tent or under individual pop-up tents for students to interact. 

Funding was provided by Our Core, the USDA, the Empire Program and several private contributions.

The District’s Empire Program’s Urban Agriculture course is taught by Christine Hutchinson.

The Deacon Jack Seymour Food Pantry will receive six garden beds built during the AgriCon event. Volunteers are needed to help install the Good Food Garden at Deacon Jack’s. E-mail for more information.

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