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April 26, 2013

Get in shape and help Earth

Boot camp scheduled to take place tomorrow at organic farm in Hamilton

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Each year, First Light Farm hosts an Earth Day event to bring attention to community-supported agriculture, where local families and businesses receive a weekly “share” throughout the harvest season and volunteers are able to barter their time and skills for vegetables.

“It is a way for people to invest in the local economy and getting healthy food grown right here,” Raymond said. “It is certainly catching on.”

Raymond said the organic crops ensure the produce is not “chemically laden” and there is no cost for shipping. He called his farm a “6-acre buffet.”

“You don’t see this type of produce in your supermarket,” he said. “This is straight from the garden. It is fresh.”

This is the first year that the farm is teaming up with North Shore Boot Camp for the team challenge.

Boot camp is a total-body conditioning program designed to improve muscular strength, muscular power, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, agility, coordination, speed, flexibility and balance, as well as nutrition. The boot camps typically take place in Salem, Danvers, Beverly, Marblehead, Topsfield and Hamilton-Wenham.

Carter said Saturday’s event is all about having fun. “To show how much exercise can be fun and learn good food choices,” he said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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