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Carolyn Wason serves with FoodCorps in Liberty, Maine, where she has the pleasure of helping elementary students grow vegetables and transform their community. Sometimes she gets to write about it, mostly she ends up covered in dirt, and that seems like a pretty good deal, all in all.

Wason won the 2016 FoodCorps Victory Growers Award. The award, sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers,  highlights that many children struggle with hunger and food insecurity, and that the food they receive at school is the most important meal they will get all day. Funding for FoodCorps is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AmeriCorps and a diverse array of private and public donors.

Second graders transplant herbs in one of the raised beds at Walker School. Credit: Copyright Carolyn Wason

The thing about rural Maine is that you're guaranteed to run into someone you know at the grocery store, every time. I remember the