Wednesday afternoons are often the day we receive a visit from the Capital Corridor Community Development Corporation’s youth group, and yesterday was one such Wednesday.
With the sun low in the sky, the children – ages 5 to 12 – helped feed the chickens, pigs, and sheep. After these jobs were done, they helped out with a chore that’s usually unnecessary: hurricane cleanup. Many of Howell Farm’s fences were washed away by Hurricane Irene’s flood waters, so the children helped us search a tall grassy field where many of the fence posts were swept. Upon discovering a post, the children formed groups and hauled them back to a pile next to the farm lane.
“The kids love to run in open fields,” Mr. Harris, the group’s leader, said as we walked behind. “They like the open air. We came and brought our kites flying once.”
The Capital Corridor group has been visiting the farm for about five years, and will soon, Mr. Harris tells me, celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary of making a positive impact in Trenton. See pictures from the visit below, and learn more about the CCCDC here: