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Woodstock teens work to help community

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Change takes work.

"Our group is Change the World Kids," said Anna Ramsey of Woodstock.

These worldly teenagers from Woodstock are at work creating a structure that will help feed their community-- a root cellar.

"We did a ton of research and we visited local root cellars, talked with people and got the best plan we could to build the best root cellar," Ramsey said.

The root cellar is tucked behind the Woodstock Elementary School. It's a few feet from the school cafeteria.

"They are keeping some of their produce here with their farm-to-school program. They will be integrated into the project," said Finn McFarland of Woodstock.

On this day, these hungry bellies were studying spuds-- a lunch lesson on local potatoes. Because the root cellar is so close by, the school will be able to store produce there, giving the kids more opportunities to eat fresh vegetables well into the winter.

"The extra vegetables will be put in the food shelf in the root cellar and then given to food shelf each week during the winter," Ramsey said.

The vegetables are grown from the group's community garden. What is not eaten during the summer will end up here in cold storage.

"Potatoes, we have a lot in our garden, root vegetables, squashes," said Katherine Tucker of Woodstock.

This buddy system with the school is just part of the goal. Feeding the hungry in Woodstock is the main reason behind the structure.

"The goal of the root cellar is to provide vegetables year-round for families who need food," McFarland said.

Those who need help may surprise some, because Woodstock does have wealth. It's home to resorts, big homes and new and old money. But these students say there is a part of the population that needs help.

"There is a need in Woodstock, I don't think people realize that," Tucker said. "The recession has taken its toll in town. I think it's evident not just through the root cellar, we do a lot of other projects helping people with housing and helping people get basic necessities."

A group hoping for change with the help of old technology, a root cellar, an old way to preserve food well into the winter.

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