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Ann LePage to teach students about locally grown foods

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Maine's first lady Ann LePage poses in the sunroom of the Blaine House with the family dog, Baxter, in December 2011.
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s first lady is getting her hands dirty to teach students about healthy living and eating locally grown foods.

Ann LePage, the wife of Gov. Paul LePage, and Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb are meeting with 10 sixth-grade students from Augusta’s Farrington Elementary School on Wednesday at the Blaine House in Augusta.

Students will plant a batch of winter squash that will be donated to a local food pantry after it’s harvested. They will also sample snacks made with fresh vegetables prepared by Blaine House chef Chris Hart and chef and cookbook author Cynthia Symonds.

Whitcomb says having a hands-on opportunity to plant seeds and harvest vegetables teaches students about science, biology and good nutrition while generating a lifelong appreciation for eating local foods.

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