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-- 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.
First: Thanks to a small group of hardcore volunteers (plus someone who walked by and offered his carpentry skills all afternoon!), our beautiful raised beds have been built!!! It's going to be so wonderful to have these waiting for us this summer!
Second: We've still got nearly 3 weeks left on our Kickstarter campaign, but we've already met our goal!!!! This covers the cost of the beds and soil. BUT: We're not done yet -- Having additional funds for seeds, plants, and supplies at the ready next year would be amazing.
Third: We've got one more work party planned for this Saturday, Nov. 10 at noon. During this time, we'll be filling the remaining beds with soil and maybe even planting some last minute garlic! Please sign up here.
Super helpful items include:
- Sledgehammers (to break up frozen soil)
- Single-use hand warmers
Thanks to everyone who has already donated!