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Mahwah Farm Teaches Environmental Lessons

Kai Miles, 5, surrounded by MEVO summer interns Aprelle O'Harra, Marisa Dickman, and Ursula Svoboda.
Kai Miles, 5, surrounded by MEVO summer interns Aprelle O'Harra, Marisa Dickman, and Ursula Svoboda. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eric Fuchs-Stengel
Brett Brandes, MEVO summer intern, wears a bee suit and works some of the hives.
Brett Brandes, MEVO summer intern, wears a bee suit and works some of the hives. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eric Fuchs-Stengel

MAHWAH, N.J. — Members of the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization spent the past 10 months building a farm to feed and educate people.

Campgaw Education Farm, a two-acre property in Mahwah, was donated to MEVO by Bergen County Parks Department, founder Eric Fuchs-Stengel said. The property on Campgaw road used to be camping grounds but Fuchs-Stengel has greater plans for it.

"The farm is a labor of love," he told Daily Voice. "It's really a demonstration space for sustainable agriculture."

The work on the farm provided plenty of volunteer opportunities Fuchs-Stengel said. That's something he hopes to continue as MEVO uses the farm to grow produce to donate and sell at low prices.

"It will offer so many opportunities for people to connect with where their food comes from," MEVO's founder said. "We're growing as organically as we can and as close to the earth as we can."

The group also plans to host field trips from local students to learn about environmental issues starting in May. Some lessons could include pollination from bees, composting, planting, and more.

Farm animals could come to the farm too as MEVO members prepare to move to the next steps.

"It's so much blood, sweat and tears to get it off the ground," Fuchs-Stengel said.

MORE INFO : Visit MEVO's website.

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