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Schedule announced for farm education

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The Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy Inc. has announced the class schedule for its popular farm education program. Started last year, the program connects local children with farming, farm animals, food sources, and nature activities at Winchester’s own community farm. This year, the program is being expanded to include both morning and afternoon sessions during the April school vacation week and for eight weeks in the summer. The education programs are for two age groups: students in kindergarten through Grade 2, and those in grades 3 through 5. “Kids will be able to get their hands dirty planting, cultivating, and harvesting farm crops, experience helping out with farm animals, and enjoy nature exploration around our farm pond and woods,” Sally Quinn, vice president of the conservancy and principal organizer of the farm education program, said in a written statement. Registration for all sessions of the farm education program is now underway for members of Wright-Locke’s 2013 Farm Friends Program, a new initiative that offers members discounts on education classes and produce, among other benefits. Open enrollment for all classes will begin March 1. Wright-Locke Farm, at 78 Ridge St., is a community-owned farm operated by the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, a nonprofit group. The historic farm was established in the 1630s and was owned by just three families until its purchase by the town of Winchester in 2007. For more information about the farm and the conservancy, including the farm education classes and the 2013 Farm Friends Program, visit www.wlfarm.org.

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