Specials for veterans and home gardeners at the regional farmers market

Veterans are encouraged to get their hands dirty and improve their health through a program that is extended to Broome County.

The first hands-on program for veterans to learn food and farming skills takes place May 14 at the Broome County Regional Farmers’ Market.

WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

Program workshops offered by the Broome County Veterans Agency and Cornell Cooperative Extension include instruction in poultry keeping, composting and gardening tips.

On May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., veterans receive $25 Farmer’s Market coupons to take advantage of some of the fresh produce available each week.

Veterans who cannot make it to Upper Front Street on May 14 can call the Veterans Affairs Agency at (607) 778-2147.

Meanwhile, New York Congresswoman Donna Lupardo is once again encouraging everyone in the area to create a “Victory Garden for Broome.” The Democrat and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County are sponsoring the program for a third year.

Packets of four vegetable seeds and information on planning and planting a garden will be distributed at the Regional Farmer’s Market on Front Street at 11 a.m. on May 14.

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