Vol­un­teers wel­come to get down and dirty to re­plant ur­ban farm

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With fall and har­vest sea­son around the cor­ner, vol­un­teers are co­or­di­nat­ing a re­plant­ing of the Ur­ban Farm in down­town Boyn­ton Beach.

The non­profit food tour “Taste His­tory Culi­nary Tours” will host the event from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Ur­ban Farm, be­tween Ocean Av­enue and East Boyn­ton Beach Boule­vard in Boyn­ton Beach.

The farm pro­motes grow­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles lo­cally, and prac­tices and ad­vo­cates for sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts for lo­cal and ur­ban farms.

“Vol­un­teer­ing for the re­plant­ing of the non­profit Ur­ban Farm in Boyn­ton Beach is a joy­ful op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with the earth, sup­port lo­cal farms and give back to the com­mu­nity,” said Lori J. Du­rante, ex­ec­u­tive tour di­rec­tor of the Taste His­tory.

The farm is op­er­ated by the non­profit Boyn­ton Beach Com­mu­nity Car­ing Cen­ter, which runs Se­cret Gar­den Café, a farm-to-ta­ble eatery. The fruits, veg­eta­bles and herbs grown in the Ur­ban Farm ser­vice the café. Fromthere, the farm pro­vi­sions are used for farm-to-fork cuisines cre­ated by lo­cal chefs and bak­ers who are mem­bers of the cen­ter’s Culi­nary In­cu­ba­tor Pro­gram.

The Se­cret Gar­den Café opened in 2008, and the Ur­ban Farm was es­tab­lished in 2009. A Se­nior Veg­gie Mo­bile pro­gram was de­vel­oped in 2010 with the pur­pose of de­liv­er­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles grown in the Ur­ban Farm to un­der­priv­i­leged se­nior cit­i­zens.

The Ur­ban Farm and Se­cret Gar­den Café in down­town Boyn­ton Beach are high­lights on the “Taste His­tory Culi­nary Tour” where guests ex­pe­ri­ence the Ur­ban Farm fol­lowed by tast­ings in the café in­fused with fruits, veg­eta­bles and herbs.

Ur­ban farms rep­re­sent a ris­ing agri­cul­tural move­ment of re­turn­ing to bet­ter nu­tri­tion and taste by grow­ing foods lo­cally.

Macy’s team mem­bers and stu­dents are among the vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event. Vol­un­teer­ing is free, but regis­tra­tion is re­quired.

In the event of rain, the re­plant­ing will be resched­uled for 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-243-2662 or visit www.ur­ban­farm­boyn­ton. eventbrite.com.

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