Farm ex­pert to of­fer ideas for New­ton greenspace

Plans will help pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

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also speak to the re­cently formed Green En­ter­prise Group, which has been dis­cussing greenspace is­sues for the past cou­ple of months.

“ We’ve just been shar­ing info and we hope to learn what we can. We’re try­ing to reach out to other coun­ties for suc­cess­ful ex­am­ples,” Lee said.

Some of the ideas that have been tossed around pre­vi­ously are lo­cal farmer-restau­rant part­ner­ships, a down­town farm­ers mar­ket, biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­tries and green-fo­cused ed­u­ca­tion in the school sys­tem.

In a press release, Hosanna Fletcher said that the group is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in how Van Pelt’s pro­gram pro­tects the “ fac­tory floor” of agri­cul­ture, tourism, and the horse in­dus­tries that make up their lo­cal econ­omy and how green land uses and de­vel­op­ment are sup­ported and funded.

“ Please join us as we con­tinue to seek ways to de­ter­mine and pre­serve what is es­sen­tial to the growth and sus­tain­abil­ity of our com­mu­ni­ties while main­tain­ing those el­e­ments of life and place we hold dear,” Fletcher said in the release.

As an ex­am­ple of the kind of green part­ner­ships that could take place more of­ten in the fu­ture, the re­fresh­ments will con­sist of lo­cally grown food pre­pared by the culi­nary arts stu­dents at Al­covy High School.

To en­sure enough re­fresh­ments are avail­able, Fletcher asks that in­ter­ested at­ten­dees RSVP by ei­ther call­ing her at ( 770) 788-0484 or e-mail­ing her at hfletcher@ the­cen­ternew­ton. org.

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