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Fernbrook Farms Hosts Farm Run Fundraiser for Education

Runners, ages 11 to adult, are challenged to a 5K Obstacle Adventure over the hills and through the woods of Fernbrook Farms, starting at 9:30 a.m., September 22 (checkin starts at 8:30 a.m.). Children, ages 6 to 10, can participate in a Mini-Mile Run that also features obstacles and begins at 11:30 a.m. (check-in runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m.). Proceeds from the event benefit Fernbrook’s Environmental Education Center.

Every year since 2005, Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center has arranged to bring low-income, at-risk urban youth to the farm for school field trips and summer camps at no cost to the schools or their families.

“We believe that hands-on exploration with guidance from Fernbrook staff helps youth make important connections to the natural world at a time when most people feel detached from nature and agriculture,” comments Executive Director Larry Kuser, the third-generation owner of Fernbrook Farms who has been actively running it since 1982. “By making the connections between nature, agriculture and the sources of food relevant to children, they will gain a sense of compassion and respect for their environment and each other.”

Registration fees: Run for ages 11 and up, $30 by Aug. 15; $35 from Aug. 16 to Sept. 21; $40 at event; Mini-Mile for ages 6 to 10, $15, $20 and $25, according to schedule above. For more information, call 609-298-4028 or email [email protected]. Participants can preregister at Camps/FarmRun

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