The Downtown Urban Farm Project is taking its first step toward revitalizing a long-neglected parcel of land on 3rd Avenue in Anchorage. Once the site of the Alaska Native Medical Center, these 15 acres along Ship Creek currently lay bare and underutilized. But, with your help, change is coming! The Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC) -- a statewide non-profit organization focused on strengthening Alaska's food systems -- was granted a permit by the Municipality of Anchorage to install 6-8 raised beds and begin growing produce. Your donation will support the installation of these beds and the planting of fruits and vegetables.
While this is happening, the Municipality is working through a master planning process to map out a long-term vision for the site -- and the more we can show the benefits of food production on 3rd Avenue, the more likely urban agriculture will be a component of the city's vision! We want to demonstrate how urban food production can beautify a neglected site, bring community together, and ultimately contribute to increased availability of healthy foods.
The Downtown Urban Farm Project is being led by AFPC, in collaboration with a large group of community stakeholders. Over the past year, with early support of local government leadership, a working group of neighborhood, university, and non-profit volunteers have dedicated themselves to both short- and long-term planning efforts, including drafting a vision for food production and community programming at the site, obtaining permits to grow food there, and participating in Municipality stakeholder meetings. Most recently, the AFPC and the working group were selected to receive a Local Foods Local Places technical assistance grant through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As part of this grant, a community visioning workshop was held in August 2018, which has informed plans for moving the Downtown Urban Farm Project forward.
What the project needs now is support to build the raised beds and be ready to grow in Spring 2019. Soil has already been donated(!), and we now need to purchase lumber for the beds, bed liner, seeds, and some gardening tools. Will you help us raise $2,000 (or more) to make it happen?
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge?: Raising the funds we need (that's why we're on Kickstarter, afterall!), and rounding up woman/man power to build the beds. Don't have a lot of money to give? That's cool. We'll take a hand!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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