Anchorage Community Land Trust (ACLT) and Catholic Social Services announce in partnership the first season of business for Grow North Farm! Grow North Farm is Mountain View’s new incubator space for local food and emerging entrepreneurs. The Farm celebrated the opening of its first season on May 31st, with a Volunteer Day, featuring volunteers from JBER and the Municipality. Volunteers helped the farmers prepare their growing space and beautify the property.
What does the Farm’s first season entail?
Local, fresh food will be grown on-site! 28,000 square feet of urban farmland has taken root in the heart of one of Anchorage's best neighborhoods. Farmers will hone their agricultural and entrepreneurial skills in one place, with vending opportunity directly where they grow. This creates a hyper-local product and a unique experience for customers, with produce as fresh as can be.
Who will be farming on-site?
Nine neighborhood entrepreneurs are farming on-site, including 6 refugees hailing from Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Sudan, and Somalia, 4 Set Up Shop clients, 2 with immigrant backgrounds, 1 Alaska Native, and 7 women. It will be a community showcase where people can gather. A new farm stand will allow customers to buy regularly and conveniently. Once a month throughout the summer season, ACLT will be holding open-air markets where emerging entrepreneurs can sell their goods, and the community can gather for entertainment, retail, prepared food, and Mountain View swagger. It will provide opportunity for emerging food-based entrepreneurs. Grow North Farm creates an opportunity where there was a vacancy. Local growers and emerging entrepreneurs will be able to test their products and scale their sales month-to-month, and community members can support up-and-coming talent and local food.
“ACLT and CSS are proud to create spaces like Grow North Farm where the talent of our neighborhoods can shine. We know that in order for neighborhoods to thrive, everyone needs the opportunity to get ahead. That is why we invest in talent that is already in the community, because we are surrounded by it every day. Grow North Farm helps to make food-business ownership attainable in every neighborhood, and ensures that the next generation of business leaders includes minority, women, and low-income entrepreneurs. This is how we will create an economically inclusive Anchorage, block by block and day by day,” said Kirk Rose, CEO of ACLT.