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School brings farming to The Big Apple

posted on November 5, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - A formerly weed-choked lot in New York's South Bronx will be a classroom for a new venture called Farm School NYC: The New York City School of Urban Agriculture.

Starting in January, the school will offer a two-year course to help people learn how to grow vegetables, market their crops and make healthy food a bigger part of their communities.

Jacquie Berger, the venture's executive director, says the school isn't accredited. But she says a number of colleges have expressed interest in partnering with it to offer accreditation in the future.

Organizers see the effort as part of a national movement to provide urban residents with more food choices by having their neighbors grow and sell the vegetables themselves.

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