Potato harvest at Howell Farm to benefit local hunger projects

Potato harvest at Howell Farm to benefit local hunger projects

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Howell Living History Farm invites the public to celebrate the coming harvest season on Saturday, Aug. 20, by unearthing a special crop of potatoes that will be donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries. The potatoes were planted on April 23 by Howell Farm visitors, volunteers and interns. 

Visitors of all ages can join the harvest crew anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., for as long or short a time as they like. Experience is not necessary. The crew will be led by farm staff, which will use horses or oxen to pull a special plow called a potato lifter. Visitors can help by gathering potatoes unearthed by the lifter, and by turning the crank of the farm’s potato grader to sort the potatoes. Lemonade and cookies will be served to the harvest crew throughout the day.

Howell Living History Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens LaneHopewell TownshipNJ  08530.  Parking and admission are free. 

For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org  or www.mercercountyparks.org.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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