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Columbus, Ohio: How about books and berries for breakfast?

4th Street Farms gathers for story time and sharing of food grown in the Weinland Park community garden.

By Anne Evans
Columbus Underground
June 9, 2016
( From: Little Free Library to be Dedicated in Weinland Park)


“Part of our mission at 4th Street Farms is education and empowerment,” says Evelyn Van Til, a neighborhood civic leader and community organizer. “Books are a big piece of opening up worlds of possibility. This project builds on our work in empowering people to grow their own food and choose their own paths.”

Van Til has been involved with programming offered to residents of Weinland Park, including a series of early literacy programs held at 4th Street Farms, in partnership with A Good Start.

“Last summer we did “Weeds and Words,” “Books and Berries,” and other programs where we read a book and did a short activity, like pick berries or pull weeds, and enjoy a snack,” she says. “The Little Free Library, offering a little library onsite for people to sit in and read together, extends that program and we wanted to have a LFL ready for kids this summer.”

Van Til sees this Little Free Library as a gateway to the neighborhood, nestled about half a block north of Weinland Park Elementary School and the Schoenbaum Family Center for Early Learning and Community Programs, and near the actual park grounds in Weinland Park.

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