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Volunteers learn about farming by helping a farmer

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High gas prices aren't just hitting you when you fill up. Produce is inching higher because it's more expensive to transport it to your local grocery store. But one group is trying to help people grow their own food in their own community and help local farmers get a jump start on the season.

Among the chickens, sows and goats at Tyler Creek Farm in Kanawha County a garden is already growing even though it is freezing outside.

Inside a high tunnel a team of volunteers spent part of the weekend doing some dirty work at an event called Community Helps a Farmer Day.

"We have put together some raised beds for her," said Beth Rankin with Wild Ramp Local Food Market in Huntington. "Now we will help her plant some seeds to get the seedlings going." The group hosts similar events throughout the year.

The idea is that many people working together can get all of the done faster, allowing the farmer to accomplish more. It also helps to spread the word.

A group of Girl Scouts got their hands dirty too.

"What we learned is when sun hits the plastic instead of just bouncing off everything else it actually absorbs it so then the plants can absorb the light inside of the plastic," said scout Alexis Milbee.

Organizers said volunteers do not have to have experience to help. In fact they welcome people who want to learn about the process.

"You will be amazed at how much more flavorful what you grow and pick fresh when it is ripe is," Rankin said. "Once you get into it you will see it is not difficult."

To find out about future Community Helps a Farmer Day event click on the links provided. For information about starting your own garden you can also contact your local Master Gardener's club or your county extension office.

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