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“Locally Grown” A Garden Exhibit Review

The Concord Museum has a superb agriculture exhibit exploring techniques of colonial through today’s farmers.

The value of agriculture dating from the Algonquians to today’s farmers of Concord’s fields is explored by Concord Museum’s current exhibit, “The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord.”  The exhibit shows an area of rich farmland that has been tilled for over 1,000 years.

Displays include stone tools from the late Woodland Period, Colonist’s handmade farm tools, a beautifully rendered Henry David Thoreau survey drawing of a woodlot and video interviews with today’s Concord farmers.

Stress on the importance of locally grown food makes this historical exhibit both timely and relevant. An exhibit catalog states, “Rising fuel costs, unpredictable climatic changes and volatile global economic conditions threaten the stability of towns all over the world that rely on global markets for food. The Concord community is reviving a local food network.” In other words, eat locally grown food!

The exhibit explains that to help foster and inspire new farmers, the Minute Man National Historical Park has launched a program of free three-year leases for tillable land within the park. It’s the next step up from a Victory Garden!

This exhibit gets two green thumbs up! It will be shown through March 17, 2013 at the Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. Phone: 978-369-9763 Web: www.ConcordMuseum.org

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