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Grant will help build pavilion at student-run farm

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District has received a grant from National Grid Rhode Island to boost children's understanding and appreciation of farming and the outdoors.

The $5,000 grant will help create an outdoor learning pavilion where children will discover farming techniques and history unique to Aquidneck Island, The Newport Daily News reported this week.

The pavilion will be located at the Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm, a five-acre Portsmouth Middle School student volunteer-run farm that teaches children about agriculture with hands-on problem-solving experiences.

National Grid employee volunteers also will help with the installation in the spring.

“This is a project that will positively affect the entire Portsmouth community,” conservation district manager Sara Churgin said. “Students will be introduced to farming, an extremely important business, especially now in light of COVID-19. Food security is being threatened through this crisis, and a portion of what will be grown on the farm will be donated to Lucy’s Hearth in Middletown."

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