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Frostburg Grows Schedules Community Sustainability Dialogue
10/17/2012

The Frostburg Grows Project, with the assistance of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies based at Frostburg State University, will be meeting with local food growers, produce vendors and restaurant owners on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at City Place, 14 S. Water St., Frostburg. Anyone who has an interest in local food production in and around Frostburg, Garrett and Allegany counties is welcome to join to learn more and to discuss ideas for community sustainability.

The dialogue will focus on further development of markets for local products. The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies would like to spearhead an effort to pursue grant funding to enhance the efforts being currently made in Western Maryland.

The Frostburg Grows Project involves conversion of unused strip-mined land to an innovative 5-acre greenhouse and shade house complex designed to train community members for high-quality jobs while producing local food and tree seedlings. Goals of the program are to provide training that will help create additional job opportunities, reduce food insecurity, provide local healthy food to the residents of Western Maryland and serve as a model for Appalachia.

The Frostburg Grows Project is funded by the EPA and American Rivers. For more information, contact Mimi Hernandez at 301-687-3136 or visit www.frostburg.edu/aces.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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