Weston High School interns help clean up Lachat

Jared Kapel and Gabe and Marty Imber, interns working at the Lachat Farm for the next several weeks, helped collect fresh eggs from Mike Chikuni’s chicken coops.

Jared Kapel and Gabe and Marty Imber, interns working at the Lachat Farm for the next several weeks, helped collect fresh eggs from Mike Chikuni’s chicken coops.

Lachat Farm is receiving much-needed attention in the next few weeks as four Weston High School seniors roll up their sleeves as they devote 30 hours a week to clearing brush, pulling vines, moving rocks, and cutting out invasive plants. After years of neglect, the magnificence of the old dairy farm is re-emerging.

Jared Kapel (member of the Weston Sustainability Committee), Charlie DiPasquale, and Gabe and Marty Imber are serving as interns at the farm as part of the high school’s senior internship program. They are working to create necessary space on the farm to make it truly useful to the town. They are learning how to identify plants and trees as well as how to prune and clear.

One important aspect of the work being done involves managing weeds and pests without using Round-Up and other dangerous pesticides that are sold commercially and used all too widely for the health of wells and streams.

In addition to physical labor, the interns will be helping with website and social media development for both the Lachat Oversight Committee and the town’s Sustainability Committee.

Recently, Gabe, Marty and Jared met with Mike Chikuni at his home, where Mr. Chikuni showed them his chicken coops. The boys learned about his many varieties of chickens and even got to take home a dozen multi-colored fresh eggs.

They will be assisting the Friends of Lachat and the Weston Sustainability Committee at the Hidden Chicken Coops of Weston Tour on June 23.

For information on the tour and more about the Lachat Farm, call Carol Baldwin at 203-984-8403 or email [email protected]

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