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Alaska: Mountain View urban farm offers opportunity for refugee farmers

Mountain View is the most diverse neighborhood in the U.S., according to the 2014 diversity census created by UAA’s sociology professor, Chad Farrell.

By Mizelle Mayo
The Northern Light
February 21, 2018


Two years ago, the Anchorage Community Land Trust received a grant to build a farmer’s market on the vacant lots where the farm is going to be. The initial farmer’s market season was a success with over 27 vendors involved. In the summer of 2017, they put $20,000 directly into the pockets of the entrepreneurs in the neighborhood.

The partnership of Catholic Social Services and ACLT created the Grow North Farm-raiser event to raise money for an urban farm in the heart of Mountain View neighborhood.

“This lot that the farm is going to be built on used to be this old RV park hotel. It was super run down, old rusty pipes coming out of the ground. It was really contaminated,” Cohn said. “We took that and invested a bunch of money to the site and demolished everything. We did a lot of site work and decontaminated it.”

The urban farm on Mountain View Drive will expand the Fresh International Gardens’ current garden plots to 27,000 square feet. One third of the lot will be for current Fresh International Gardens participants and the remaining two thirds will be for those that have graduated from the program.

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