Trenton students visit historical farm; learn old-fashioned farming

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They're turning back the clock in Mercer County -- farming like it's the 20th century.

The Chestnut Community Garden, the largest of more than 60 community and school gardens in Trenton, has hosted Howell Living History Farm plow teams for more than 30 years.

The farm, operated by the Mercer County Park Commission, demonstrates farming techniques used in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century and in many parts of the world currently.

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Robbins Elementary School participated in the hands-on event by helping to guide the horses and learn about corn shelling, composting, beekeeping and more.

Jim Simon, a director of community involvement with the Isles Garden Support Network, which hosts the event, says the experience benefits kids because, “Everybody eats, so everybody should have a closer connection with farming and producing food.”

Local residents will plant their own crops at the farm, with a harvest of more than 1,000 vegetables by season's end.

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