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Calypso Farm And Ecology Center

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Causes: Agricultural Programs, Food

Mission: The calypso farm and ecology center mission is to encourage local, sustainable agriculture and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems.

Programs: Schoolyard garden initiative - promoting the development of educational school gardens across fairbanks which function as educational gardens for the schools during the school year and food production gardens during the summer (eating program involving over 60 youth gardeners during the summer months). The program serves over 1600 students and 75 teachers at 5 schools.

calypso farm-based field trips - providing hands-on environmental and farm focused field trips for k to 12th grade, public, private and home school programs. Ecological gardening workshops - provides hand-on workshops to home gardeners and small scale farmers - available to the public. Serving 1800 students.

local food access, community supported agriculture, and awareness programs - works to increase the volume of locally grown food and increase access to fresh locally grown food to low income people through food production, distribution and outreach. Serves approximately 1000 people annually.

farmer training program - provides participants with all of the info and experience needed to start their own farm. The program includes hands-on experience in farming while also offering exposure to and training in farm budgeting, farm planning, an array of ecological agriculture topics, environmental education and more. This program served 3 participants.

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