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Second Friday Event in Downtown Plymouth

June 9, 2011

06/10/11 This Friday, children of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about Marshall County agriculture and plant their own vegetables or flowers.

Plymouth’s Second Friday festivities will include a presentation and planting activity by Bob Yoder, agricultural expert from the Marshall County Extension Office.

“We are going to transplant vegetable and flower plants for (the kids) that they can take home and watch grow,” said Yoder, who holds an agriculture degree from Purdue University and grew up on a farm.

Yoder also plans to teach children about food and where it really comes from before it gets to grocery store shelves.

“We just talk plant basics—the fact that we have to raise our food before we eat our food,” said Yoder. “Sometimes kids have a bit of disconnect… food doesn’t come from grocery stores, we have to grow our food.”

Yoder will have information available about the economic impact of agriculture in Marshall County, but ultimately his goal is that the children have a good time learning about taking care of and nurturing plants.

“There’s nothing like reaching out your back door for some herbs, some tomatoes, some peppers—then you’ve got a salad,” said Yoder.

The planting activity will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday next to Centier Bank in downtown Plymouth.  Other Second Friday events tonight include music from the rock band Kickbush, a balloon artist, a bounce house, extended hours at the Marshall County Historical Museum, and an open house at the Heartland Artist’s Gallery.