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End of Season Celebration for Grow Binghamton Program

Dozens came to celebrate the end of the sixth season of Grow Binghamton Thursday night at the Binghamton Urban Farm.

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, or VINES, hosted a potluck dinner at the Tudor Street location to celebrate the several thousand pounds of food grown this season through the Grow Binghamton program. The program has hired locals ranging in ages from 15 to 21 to work for six weeks on the Binghamton Urban Farm. During the six weeks, the crew members learn how to care for plants as well as participate in educational workshops.

VINES Crew Member, Kareem D'Oliveira said, "We make sure the weeds don't get in the way and we harvest, we clean the vegetables and we package them and put them in coolers so we can sell them."

VINES Crew Member, Trenashia Johnson said, "When I came here I had no experience in gardening so it was good for me to be able to come here and be able to gain experience so that I can be able to use it in my life such as growing fruits and vegetables in my own backyard."

VINES representatives said they are always looking for volunteers. For more information you can go to their website at vinesgardens.org