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Peterborough, Hancock gardens get spring start with volunteers

The University of New Hampshire’s Hamel Scholars will be taking part in a community gardening project on April 20. The event, the group’s fourth annual spring service activity, will occur in partnership with the Cornucopia Project.

UNH students will work with gardening professionals and community volunteers to prepare Cornucopia’s farm and gardens for spring planting.

The Hamel Scholars will arrive at Cornucopia’s Peterborough Community Center Garden at 8:30 a.m. From there, half the group will continue on to volunteer at Brooks’ Side Farm in Hancock.

The students will take part in a number of activities, both at the farm and the community garden -- preparing the gardens, rototilling, putting up fences, planting potatoes, and helping with the installation of a greenhouse.

The Hamel Scholarship program was established in 2008 by longtime UNH supporter Dana Hamel and his family to draw top in-state students to UNH. The scholarship is run through the UNH Honors Program, and its students are recognized for excellence in leadership, community service, and academics. This year’s group of Hamel Scholars consists of 47 students, ranging across classes and disciplines at the university.

The Cornucopia Project provides hands-on agricultural experiences through school and community gardens. Their teachers integrate gardening with the core curriculum in the ConVal School District, and also offers preschool, after-school, and summer programs.

The Cornucopia Project is dedicated to teaching sustainable and nourishing life practices to children and adults by connecting them to the land and community through organic gardening.

For more information on the Cornucopia Project, visit www.cornucopiaproject.org.

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