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Local farm helps bring 500 dozen eggs to Frederick families

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Children are more likely to face hunger than any other group in the United States. According to projections, 18 million kids across America will be affected by food insecurity in the coming years.

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school children who might otherwise go hungry. Blessings in a Backpack Frederick serves over 3,000 kids per week in our community.

Thanks to farmer Ben Sayler at Pleasant Hill Produce, BIAB helped deliver 500 dozen protein packed eggs over 2 weeks in February and March.

Ben had been working with the Frederick Farm to School program. When he heard about Blessings in a Backpack, he knew he wanted to participate. Once their chickens started laying in early spring they had an abundance of eggs. Pleasant Hill sold the eggs to BIAB at a break-even price. “ Lots of people don’t realize hunger is a real issue in Frederick,” Sayler said. “We are glad to be able to play a small part in alleviating it.”

There were some unique challenges because eggs need to be refrigerated and are easily breakable. The eggs were sent to several schools across the county where they had to make sure there was an adult to handle the eggs. Protein is a rare addition to weekly bags, and volunteers and recipients alike were surprised and grateful to receive them.

Local Blessings in a Backpack director, Angela Abrishami said Frederick has been especially hard hit by COVID. “Food insecurity has always been a growing issue in Frederick, but because of the pandemic it’s gotten much worse and the pandemic makes it harder to reach children in need because they are not in school.”

Blessings in a Backpack and Farm to School partnered up when they realized their missions were aligned and they were having overlapping issues. The partnership helped provide fresh produce, recipes and education to kids and families at a critical time when the supply chain was disrupted in the early days of the pandemic.

“Right now, collaboration between organizations is vital,” Abrishami said “Farm to school has been so flexible and amazing to work with. They are a warm face on distribution days. When families see someone from Farm to School, they know they are getting something fresh.”

There are many ways to get involved with Blessings in a Backpack to help kids facing hunger in our local community. To find out more, click the link below!

What s New Photo Matrix 4-7-21

No mushrooms in the shop this week

No mushrooms from Sun Dreams Farm this week as they are clearing out their schedules to prepare for a new addition to their farm family. Best of luck!

In the meantime, check out what's available in the Frederick Fresh Online shop More inventory is being added each week!


The REED Center in Middletown to offer Permaculture Design Certification

The REED Center for Ecosystem Reintegration will be hosting several permaculture design programs starting this May.

What is permaculture?

Permaculture is an ecosystems design process that is based on systems thinking and centers around the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.

Why a permaculture Course?

A Permaculture Design Course provides a foundation in eco-centered landscape design. Through hours of coursework and experiential learning, students learn to observe natural, regenerative systems and to replicate those same holistic landscapes in their own lives. Successful completion of the course awards students with the title of Certified Permaculture Designer


▪ Permaculture design skills for any scale
▪ Observation skills for land, water and microclimates
▪ Forest gardening and care
▪ Water management
▪ Soil building, biochar and multi-scale composting
▪ Forest ecology
▪ Grafting, seed saving & propagation
▪ Perennial vegetables & herbs
▪ Permaculture business plans
▪ Mycology & mushroom production
▪ Intro to natural building techniques
▪ Food preservation & value-added products
Permaculture design skills for any scale
Observation skills for land, water and microclimates
Forest gardening and care
Water management
Soil building, biochar and multi-scale composting
Forest ecology
Grafting, seed saving & propagation
Perennial vegetables & herbs
Permaculture business plans
Mycology & mushroom production
Intro to natural building techniques
Food preservation & value-added products
Permaculture Design Course
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