Our Response to COVID-19 in our Community

June 23, 2020

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Georgeson Botanical Garden (GBG) and UAF Office of Sustainability are working together to provide fresh produce and gardening education as response to student and community needs.  Together, we will accommodate an increased number of applicants in the Student Garden Training Program (SGTP) and donate fresh produce to local food distribution centers in the Fairbanks community.

The SGTP uses experiential learning to teach university students how to grow food and connects people in need with fresh produce.  The produce that is grown and harvested is divided between the student gardeners and local food distribution centers.  Additional produce that is harvested from the UAF Vegetable Variety Trials Program is donated to the food distribution centers.  In 2018 and 2019, 345 lbs. and 466 lbs, respectively, of food was donated to the community.

In 2020, our goal is to provide for double the number of SGTP participants, and increase the amount of food grown and donated to local food distribution centers.  

Read the press release here:

Urban Ag Resilience press release


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