The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

CSA farm concept to be discussed 12.04.08

Written by David Green.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA—a concept that ties the farm producer directly to the consumer—has taken root across the country.

Farmers and consumers link through an agreement. The consumer pays a subscription to the farm in return for a certain quantity of farm produce or products

 A program to learn more about CSAs is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Toledo Botanical Gardens, Crosby Conference Center. The event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and Michigan State University Extension.

Consumers benefit through Community Supported Agriculture in at least a couple ways. First, consumers know where their produce is being grown and are able to visit the farm to see first hand production practices. Second, through a CSA, consumers know exactly where their food dollar is going.

Producers benefit by having a market in place for their produce. They are selling retail versus wholesale. They can better plan what mix of products they will produce and are not just producing with the hope that they can find a market or someone will stop at a stand to purchase the produce grown.

The CSA does require a different level of planning and service that farmers will want to think through before setting up a CSA program.

The Dec. 11 program will cover what consumer expectations are from a CSA, first hand experiences from four northwest Ohio and lower Michigan CSA operators and resources for starting a CSA.

The program is open to consumers and farm operators who would like to hear about CSAs first hand. The cost is $10. A program flyer can be found at http://fulton.osu.edu;  click on events.

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