Over the years, we’ve grown more than 3,000 pounds of produce!
We believe that gardening is good for you. Regardless of age and ability, growing food and working outside helps us grow in our character, learn stewardship, and increase our understanding of where the food we eat comes from. Gateway to the Arctic Camp has been gardening since 2014, just one year after initially clearing the land. Since then, our garden has expanded every year, and last year we had about three acres of fields in addition to our high tunnel. Over the years, we’ve grown more than 3,000 pounds of produce!
The grand majority of the produce grown at the camp has been donated to the Upper Susitna Food Pantry. We’re committed to doing our part to provide healthy and tasty food to those in need, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to do that while teaching sustainable farming practices to our campers, employees, and volunteers.
With the help of a $2,000 grant from TOTE Maritime, we’ll be able to provide even more quality produce to our community in the future. Last year, volunteers built 63 square garden boxes to plant in, and we established a partnerships with Kaladi Brothers Coffee through which they’ll provide us with used coffee grounds to make compost. In 2019, we’re also going to start growing with hydroponics, which will enable us to grow food year round and teach our campers and employees about new advances in sustainable farming practices.