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Nature Conservancy Highlights Local Growing in Elkins

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The second annual Picnic for the Planet in Elkins didn't just focus on conservation. It also wanted to help food producers in Elkins and across the U.S. make better, tastier products.

"At The Nature Conservancy, we work with farmers, ranchers and fishermen all around the world to help promote more sustainable forms of agriculture," said Andrea Brandon, who organized the event.

While sustainable food production helps the environment, it also helps local economies. The Conservancy wants food to stay in the area where it was produced. Making people aware of the chance to buy local is a step in that direction.

"There's the Elkins Farmer's Market which is going to be starting up in about three weeks. Local producers are selling their goods there," Brandon said.

Those who attended the event, like Greta Fitzgibbon, said they hoped others leave with a seed planted in their minds about supporting local growers.

"But I would hope that even folks who haven't heard a lot about it might spark their interest and they might start looking deeper into it, and think about going to the farmer's market, think about being more earth-conscious in general," Fitzgibbon said.