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City invests in urban agriculture

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Residents celebrated the opening of the Somerville Innovation Farm last week. where local students will grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the heart of the city. The hydroponics-based farm at the Edgerley School will help students learn about the science and technology behind farming, as well as the business of selling the produce they grow at local farmers markets. “It is beneficial that our students learn as much as possible about growing, preparing, and, of course, eating healthy, fresh food,” said Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi. The program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and is a part of the Shape Up Somerville program. Students will sell the food they grow on the farm at a mobile farmers market, which provides fresh fruit and vegetables to food deserts and low-income residents. For more information about Somerville’s Urban Agriculture program, visit: www.somervilleurbanag.tumblr.com .

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