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Vendors had vegetables, fruits, flowers and other produce available at the Cultivation Farmer’s Market, but the star of the show was the Cultivation Garden which serves as the Statesville Family YMCA’s classroom and art exhibit.

“An outdoor art exhibit designed to empower people to cultivate a perspective of kindness to themselves and to others” is how it was featured in the event program and by Melinda White-Spencer, culture market manager at the Statesville Family YMCA. The exhibition is titled “Growing a Positive Voice” and is organized by the Cultivation Artist Guild.

The garden is part of a summer camp program that teaches students how to plant, grow and prepare produce and Monday’s event was to celebrate the relaunch of the Plant to Plate program after a two-year hiatus.

“We wanted to celebrate this, in a big way, so we started the farmers market and invited the whole community, we want to bring access to food to the community and make the community more aware of what we are doing with our gardening program here,” Spencer said.

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The Statesville Family YMCA’s Cultivation Garden Program has received the Grassroots Art Grant for 2022 from the Iredell Arts Council. The YMCA partnered with students from Mitchell Community College to create the exhibit.

The Farmer’s Market is scheduled every Monday from 3.30pm to 6.30pm for the next eight weeks, except for the July 4 holiday.

A unique feature is that the market accepts EBT/SNAP benefits. Spencer said to stop by the welcome booth for more details or contact her at 704-680-7939 or [email protected]

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Terri S. Tomasini