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Prince William Past and Present

by Rebecca Barnes

It is amazing to see the changes that Prince William has gone through in just one generation.

In our September feature, “Farming in the Prince William Community” Carla Christiano teaches us the history of farming and agriculture and how much it has changed. Learn where there were farms, what they produced, how farmers repurposed them to stay relevant and what is happening with the ones that are left. What involvement does innovation, collaboration and development play into the future of this once busy trade? Northern Virginia is home to four of the top 12 wealthiest counties in the nation. Yet, those same four counties account for over 141,000 individuals at risk for hunger. Read about what one group has been doing for more than 40 years to serve the neediest human beings in the county. This month’s Giving Back by Olivia Overman gives you an inside look at SERVE and how they do just that, all across Prince William and Manassas.

For fun and a great source of food for your family, Amanda Causey-Baity shows us how to plan your garden in “Gardening with Kids”. By labeling seeds, kids can learn about different plants and about how food grows.

Those interested in learning how to cook are in for a treat.

September’s Lifelong Learning takes a peek into the world of a chef, or a future chef in “What’s Cooking at Stratford University?” by Marianne Weaver. From distinguishing fresh food to work with to learning about the culinary arts, Stratford has a program designed to create the next generation of chefs and bakers.

Don’t forget to read our event calendar at the back of each issue, and to visit our online calendar ( for even more activities in Greater Prince William.

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