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May 25, 2016
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A mural is worth a thousand words

Sunny skies, warm weather and the desire to work on a community project brought out experienced painters and novices alike to work on this mural. The project was started by a group of local farmers who are members of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).

“Wayne County PASA has a core group of roughly 30 to 40 farming members,” Templeton said. “The majority are farmers looking to share their knowledge and to help each other with farming, but we also want to spread the message of sustainable farming practices.” The same grant also helped build several raised bed garden plots at Honesdale High School for use by some biology and consumer sciences classes, and helped purchase a generous supply of books about sustainability and sustainable agriculture for the school’s library.

George, the mural’s onsite coordinator, explained how the project came together.

“The first time we met was just to brainstorm,” he explained, “and then everybody went home and put something on paper.” At the next meeting they reviewed what major themes they had. “And then we picked a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” George continued. “It was more of a collaboration bringing all of the ideas together.”

How does he feel about the mural now?

“As an artist, I think every town should have public art,” he said. “it’s good for everybody—little kids, old people, everyone. If you have enough public art, it becomes a draw for the town.”

Painter and farmer Roger Hill, a member of both PASA and WCAA, talked about what he hopes people will take away from the mural. “I think people will recognize the landscape and be able to relate to it. A lot of it is very stylized, but I think people will recognize parts of it say, ‘this part is where I’m from.’” He also thinks the mural helps “bring the country to the downtown, in more ways than one.”

The painters will still be at work on the mural this weekend during the town-wide arts and music festival, Roots & Rhythm.