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Weston Kids Dig Self-Sustainability

Conor Maccabe has been working at Millstone Farm in Wilton since October, but he has been around farms his whole life.

"I like the idea of sustaining yourself," said Conor, a junior at Weston High School. At Millstone Farm, Conor works with the livestock – feeding and cleaning up – as well as building raised beds for plants. He has worked with his uncles and grandparents on their farms, which are mostly wheat and hay, peanuts, horses and cattle.

"I like the animals. I like interacting with them while I'm working," said Conor. He is hoping to attend Montana State's agricultural program after high school.

Conor has been helping with Weston High School's edible garden, weeding the beds and planting the vegetables. Schuyler Goldmanscher, also a junior at Weston High School, has also been helping.

"We get to eat it if we do a good job. It's a nice way to get friends together," said Schuyler. He was first exposed to gardening by his family, which has an edible garden.

"It's interesting watching the plants grow. You put a seed in and it grows into a plant," said Schuyler. At home, he helps his mom by digging up ferns in the woods and planting them around the house.

Taylor Ellis, president of Weston High School's Garden Club, started gardening when she was young. Her mom loves apple trees and cucumbers and, when she lived in California, her family had fig trees, she said. In her family's garden they also grow tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries.

"The vegetables taste better than the ones from the store," said Taylor. "We give them to the cafeteria, and the leftovers are donated to the food bank."

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