Plants undergo photosynthesis in order to grow, whereas people need education and knowledge to reach their fullest potential and that is exactly what the Littleton Community Farm, (LCF) looks to provide during its upcoming story time event.
Plants and people collide in this hands-on educational program where children have the chance learn about agriculture and what it means to work on a farm. Story time at the farm will feature a speaker who will read a story about the excitement of farming, while children also have the opportunity to learn about growing produce.
This event takes place every Wednesday this summer at 4:30 p.m. at the farm, at 7 Wilderness Road. The event is geared toward pre-schools through third-graders. Members of the farm created the event with the support of the Reuben Hoar Library.
According to organizers the LCF helps contribute to the community through agriculture and education. These story times help educate children on the importance of various food and why it is healthy, while also showing them around a working farm. Located behind Fay park, the farm is 1.5 square acres and is open to all.
“It is important to teach kids where food comes from, because usually [they] think vegetables become from the supermarket. So showing them how it is grown and where it comes from before the supermarket is just magic to see,” said Ronit BenShir, educational director at LCF.
The Littleton Community Farm includes a seed library where anyone in Littleton can “borrow” a heirloom variety of seed and open pollinated seeds for free. BenShir said this creates a chain reaction of growers saving their seeds from crops and returning them to the library to keep the cycle of the seed vault going.
“We truly believe that connecting children to the earth and nature is an important part in a community, especially in today's world where kids stay at home watching TV, it is good to get them out in the environment”, said BenShir.
“I think we have an obligation if we are able to to help other people, it's part of being human,we should care about our neighbors. It's not only about growing the food it's about bringing people together as a community”, said Aase Kaldestad who is on the Board of Directors of the Littleton Community Farm.