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Bender Digger children prepare feast

Posted: November 15, 2013 - 4:08pm  |  Updated: November 15, 2013 - 4:50pm
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Kristina Williams, who organized the Benderdinker festival in Evans, helps children from her Bender Digger gardening program prepare some of the food from their garden. Assisting with the preparations were Alexis Williams, 7, (from left), Sky Poole, 10, Jace Poole, 13, and William Helfgott, 10. The children planted and maintained a garden in the River Island neighborhood in which they grew a variety of greens, herbs and vegetables.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Kristina Williams, who organized the Benderdinker festival in Evans, helps children from her Bender Digger gardening program prepare some of the food from their garden. Assisting with the preparations were Alexis Williams, 7, (from left), Sky Poole, 10, Jace Poole, 13, and William Helfgott, 10. The children planted and maintained a garden in the River Island neighborhood in which they grew a variety of greens, herbs and vegetables.

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Some children in the River Island neighborhood developed a green thumb over the summer.

Kristina Williams, founder of the Benderdinker festival in Columbia County, organized the Bender Digger gardening program for children. Each child in the group grew their garden on a plot of land in the River Island neighborhood. They grew herbs and a variety of vegetables including greens and tomatoes.

To celebrate the harvest from their first season, the group prepared a dinner Thursday using the produce from their gardens at the River Island clubhouse with the help of chef Charlene Tinley. The menu included such delicacies as Thai lemongrass soup with cilantro and shrimp and pork spring rolls with romaine and mint with a miso peanut sauce. The children helped prepare the food and shared samples with each other.  

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