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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, November 25 2018 1:33 AM UTC +00:00.

$2,602
pledged of $2,200pledged of $2,200 goal
41
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, November 25 2018 1:33 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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?

We tried to tell you how much Rachael likes her hat.  Be one of the first to donate a minimum of $30 and you, too, can represent like Rachael.
We tried to tell you how much Rachael likes her hat. Be one of the first to donate a minimum of $30 and you, too, can represent like Rachael.

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!

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    Harvest box, hat, and shout-out

    With a donation of $75, you'll get an Alaska Food Policy Council hat and social media shout-out now, and a box of delicious goodness from our first harvest next summer. Immediate AND delayed gratification? Yes, please.

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    AFPC trucker hat and shout-out

    Still don't have a trucker hat? We got you. Have 1,000 trucker hats? Make it 1,001.
    We really wish we could upload a picture of AFPC Co-Chair Rachael Miller here -- cause she LIVES in this hat. You will, too.
    Oh, and we'll also give you props on AFPC social media, so everyone knows you're awesome.

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    Festival pass, harvest box, & shout-out

    The Alaska Food Policy Council is hosting their 4th semi-annual Food Festival and Conference in Homer, Alaska on March 8th and 9th. Get one free pass with a donation of $250 or more, and then wear your hat to the conference and obnoxiously tell as many people as possible how excited you are about that harvest box you'll be getting next summer! Who's the cool kid now?

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