Grow North Farm is Mountain View’s new incubator space for emerging food-based entrepreneurs. So what does this mean?
Local, fresh food is grown on-site!
28,000 sq. ft. of urban farm land has taken root in the heart of one of Anchorage’s best neighborhoods. Farmers hone their agricultural and entrepreneurial skills in one place, by selling their produce directly where they grow. This creates a hyper-local product and a unique experience for customers, with produce as fresh as can be.
Who is farming on-site?
Over 20 neighborhood farmers, including 10 independent businesses, are farming on-site, hailing from Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, South Sudan, the Congo, Mexico, and Somalia. Nearly all are women of refugee or immigrant background. We invite you to stop by the farmstand Monday-Friday and get to know some of Anchorage's aspiring food businesses!
It is a community showcase where people can gather!
Our weekday farm stand allows customers to buy regularly and conveniently. In the past, we have held open-air markets where emerging entrepreneurs can sell their goods, and the community can gather for entertainment, retail, prepared food, and Mountain View swagger. In response to COVID-19, we will not be holding events at the farm this summer, but encourage you to stop by for produce and a tour!
It provides opportunity for emerging food-based entrepreneurs!
Grow North Farm creates an opportunity where there was a vacancy. Local growers and emerging entrepreneurs can test their products and scale their sales month-to- month, and community members can support up-and-coming talent and local food. All of our farmers have received food business and agriculture training hosted by Set Up Shop and our partner agency, the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services at Catholic Social Services.
Join us for our upcoming events to see the space for yourself, meet our farmers, and support our neighborhood entrepreneurs!
Stop by the farm stand Mondays through Fridays from 4-7PM to buy fresh produce picked on-site day-of, as well as cottage goods!
Grow Local, Give Local Campaign
Donate to Catholic Social Service's Grow Local, Give Local campaign and 100% of the proceeds raised will go to purchase a weekly batch of produce from farmers at Grow North Farm. That produce will then be given to Saint Francis House Food Pantry shoppers when visiting the pantry, providing families locally grown and nutritious food during their time of hardship. Better yet, thanks to a group of generous donors, your donation will be matched! If that's not a 2 for 1 deal, we don't know what is. To donate, click the link below and be sure to use the drop down option, “Use my donation to support” and choose “Grow Local, Give Local”: https://www.cssalaska.org/donate/
Have questions, or want to volunteer, donate, or tour the space?
Contact Nick Bachman
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P : (907) 865-5210
ACLT IS 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.
Grow North Farm is a partnership with Catholic Social Services' Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services Program, without whom the Farm would not be possible.
Thank you to the many other individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to Grow North Farm, including:
Alaska Food Policy Council
Alaska Mill & Feed
Alaska Pacific University
Americorps VISTA Program
Catherine H. Sullivan
Great Land Tree Services
Green Earth Landworks LLC
Linda Infante Lyons
Mountain View Community Council
Rotary Club of East Anchorage
State of Alaska
Ted & Ginny Moore
University of Alaska Fairbanks- Matanuska Experimental Farm
University of Alaska Anchorage