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Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, did not comment on the merits of the litigation. Instead, he focused on the policy decision to replace the organic farm with soccer fields. The organic farm helps to teach children about how food is grown, produces fruits and vegetables for school lunches, and offers field trips and educational programs, Mr. O'Malley wrote.

“We need more assets like Mr. Maravell’s farm, rather than fewer,” Mr. O'Malley wrote.