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Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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MONKTON’S GALEN HELMS, right, is looking to pursue agricultural education in a non-traditional setting at a liberal arts college. More liberal arts colleges are considering adding agriculture to their curriculum. Helms and Middlebury College senior Eric Elderbrock, left, are using their interest in agriculture as a basis for their Web site farmbook.org. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

ADDISON COUNTY — For 20-year-old Galen Helms, his love affair with farming was born out of necessity: The Monkton resident needed a job.

This was four years ago, when Helms was a student at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol. He tromped down the road, knocked on a door and landed a summer job at Eugenie Doyle’s organic vegetable and berry farm.

“It evolved into me really loving the work,” Helms said.

He returned to the Monkton farm year after to year to plant and weed and harvest. Ask him just what, exactly, it is he loves about the work, and he’ll tell you: everything.

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