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Young Farmers Needed

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Jane Eliasof, the Verona resident who is the director of the Montclair Historical Society, has let us know that there is an opportunity for young people in Verona to train to be farmers at the MHS this summer.

The Montclair Historical Society is opening a piece of ground on its property on Orange Road to Montclair Community Farms, a group that raises produce for needy families in our area. Montclair Community Farms is now seeking young people, ages 11-17, to participate in the growing project from May through October. Youth interested in learning more about the opportunity and receiving an application, which must be returned by February 28, should e-mail Emma Mujica, a Montclair Community Farms coalition member from Essex County 4-H.

Montclair Community Farms’ mission is empower youth to grow healthy, affordable, and sustainable communities. It is a collaboration of Essex County 4-H, HOMECorp, Montclair Health Department, Montclair Historical Society, Montclair State University, TerraNoble Design, and United Way of Northern New Jersey. Vegetables grown by the youth are donated to senior housing sites and emergency feeding programs. This year, the youth famers will also tend chickens and make salsa from harvested tomatoes, and will sell the eggs and salsa locally.

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