With new ag complex, Chemeketa sets sights recruiting high school agriculture students

The new agriculture complex at Chemeketa additional classroom and lab space.

Every summer, Jared Hibbard-Swanson, the farm and garden program manager at Marion-Polk Food Share, helps a few dozen middle and high schoolers farm a six-acre plot in northeast Salem.

The Marion-Polk Food Share’s youth farm provides free boxes of local organic produce to about 120 Salem-area households and aims to educate local students about food systems . . .

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