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This summer is the second season at the East High Youth Farm.  Last year we started small with a 1/8 acre garden and about a dozen youth.  This year, we doubled our garden size to 1/4 acre and (thankfully) we have more than doubled our farm crew!  Our core crew consists of students from East High and Shabazz, several post college interns, one college student and a great cadre of youth and adult volunteers.  We are also accompanied out on the farm by a group of 20 middle school students who are enrolled in a camp through the Goodman Community Center and join us to work in

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We are lucky at Community GroundWorks to have a team of wonderful interns in all of our program areas.  This week, we are highlighting Laurel Blomquist, a second-year farm intern.  You can read more about her adventures on Troy Community Farm on her blog post.   Look for other intern spolights throughout the summer!   

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It has been two weeks since we installed the Madison FarmWorks vegetable garden at the Capitol and it is growing like crazy! All of this rain and sun nicely distributed throughout each week seems to be good for the plants. Most gardeners are saying how far ahead everything is this year and I have to agree.

We had a big rainstorm the morning of the installation, but it cleared up after an hour and we continued laying out the beds and paths. We had our design and measurements on paper and layed it out using twine and stakes. 

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By Carrie Kilman

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