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Waightstill Avery speaks to CMS sixth-grade students to explain some of the ins and outs of running a large scale farm supporting a variety of crops, including Avery County’s signature Fraser firs.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-05-15 13:20:00
Last modified: 2013-05-15 13:25:14

CMS sixth graders visit Avery Farms

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Cranberry Middle Schools’ sixth-grade class visited Avery Farms to learn about agriculture and its impact on the local economy thanks to a Farm to School grant provided by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.
CMS teacher Anne Avery Foster applied for the grant, which provided funds to transport the kids and organize educational sessions around the farm.
“It has been a lot of fun,” Foster said. “I was able to work with the extension office and the N.C. Christmas Tree Association.”
The students were broken into five groups, which cycled between stations designed to provide information on various aspects of agriculture and its effect of Avery County’s history, culture and economy.

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