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Westport school to add garden

Many people have already stepped forward to assist in the effort. Some local farmers and gardeners have offered to help till the soil for the garden and others have offered donations of plants.

"I think there's always going to be a lot of community support for it," Fiegl said.

The garden will be open to use for all grade levels, and may even provide a tool for teachers. Though there are plenty of science lessons exemplified in the garden, Fiegl said, the main focus is getting them connected with where their food originates.

"There's often a disconnect with food," he said. "People see it in the grocery store and they don't really know where it came from. Here, we're showing them that you can grow your own food and it's right out back."

Adult volunteers will be needed to care for the garden during summer break. For more information about the Westport school garden and how to contribute to the effort, contact the Essex County Soil & Water District at 962-8225 or e-mail dreckahn@westelcom.com.

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