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From the classroom to the market

Thomas Hunter Middle School teacher Michele Plotino, at right, talks about the special education department’s plant-growing program with customers Anne Markwith and Donna Brownlee of Gloucester, from left, during Saturday morning’s Mathews Farmers’ Market. The students grow vegetables and flowers from seed, then move them outside into a greenhouse or raised beds before they are sold eventually at the farmers’ market. Plotino added that the students have experimented with cooking and eating such items as their own fresh-from-the-garden kale and Swiss chard. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

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