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Planting with a Purpose

A garden bursting with ripe tomatoes, zucchini, parsley, strawberries, peppers, chives, okra and parsnips is the result of a summer project Sustainability Studies students have been working on with the Town of Hempstead’s ANCHOR program and the department of Conservation and Waterways. The Hofstra students and Program Director Annetta Centrella-Vitale are providing support and mentorship with the garden project.

Hofstra senior Holly Durand weighs some of the harvested tomatoes, which will be sold the following day at the farmers market.

Newsday covered the garden project, which is based at the Zero Energy Solar Home in Lido Beach.

ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps Through Organized Recreation) is a year-round recreation program operated by the Town of Hempstead. The food the ANCHOR campers grow in the garden will either be donated or sold at the Long Beach Farmers’ Market.

The planters and gardens are supported by a $10,000 grant from the Nassau Soil and Water Conservation District.

Top photo: Holly Durand and Sustainability Studies Program Director Annetta Centrella-Vitale.

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