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Gardeners coming to town

On Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Cornucopia Project will host organic farmers and bestselling authors Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch at two community garden parties. The events will celebrate Cornucopia’s gardening partnerships with the Town of Peterborough and the ConVal School District with “open gardens” at the Cornucopia Community Garden and the Peterborough Elementary School.

The Cornucopia Project has just completed its first season of teaching gardening to every first grader in the ConVal School District. At the Cornucopia Community Garden, volunteers recently built and planted twelve new raised garden beds, bringing to 30 the number of beds now producing food for the Peterborough Food Pantry.

From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cornucopia Community Garden located at the Peterborough Community Center on Elm Street, community volunteers will give tours of this extensive garden project that grows fresh produce for the town’s Food Pantry.

At 3 p.m., Damrosch and Coleman will talk about Four Season Growing in Small Spaces. Garden-based refreshments will be served.

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the garden party will move to the nearby school gardens at Peterborough Elementary School at 17 High Street. There visitors can tour the nine raised garden beds built and planted by PES first graders while Cornucopia teachers lead family-friendly garden activities. At 4 p.m., ConVal Superintendent Brendan Minnihan and Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Saunders will join with Coleman/Damrosch in a conversation about School Gardens: Planting the Seed for a Healthy Future.

Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch run a year round vegetable farm in Harborside, Maine that Eliot started in 1968. They are both authors of numerous books on gardening and cooking, the latest of which is a joint effort called The Four Seasons Farm Gardener’s Cookbook. A selection of their books will be available for sale at the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough.

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