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Douglass High, USDA look to train a generation of urban farmers

Douglass High, USDA look to train a generation of urban farmers

Six raised garden beds appeared behind Frederick Douglass High School this week containing rows of spinach, broccoli, cucumbers and "supersonic" tomatoes. Nine new trees nearby will one day produce apples, pears, figs and a fruit known as serviceberries.

Tending them will be a group of students at the historic West Baltimore school who, along with reading, writing and math, will now get lessons on how to be urban farmers.

"It's fun to me," said Nykerra Williams, a 15-year-old freshman excited by the idea of eating produce she grew herself. "It's fresh, and it's not processed."

The project brought together Douglass teachers and...

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