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Grow Palmer project brings fresh, free food to the Valley
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:23:53 AM »
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Grow Palmer project brings fresh, free food to the Valley
By Eric Ruble Photojournalist: Heather Hintze - 10:21 AM June 26, 2016

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Along one of Palmer’s most popular walkways, 40 giant planters are bursting with fresh flowers and vegetables. They are a new installment as part of the Grow Palmer program, an effort to bring healthy, fresh food to people for free.

Now in its fourth year, it is the first time Grow Palmer has a permanent home. Jan Newman, who helped spearhead the project, called it the “edible rail trail,” due to its location near the railroad tracks.

“The fact that the city of Palmer granted us the location here right along our most popular urban trail is just a win for everybody,” Newman said.

Saturday morning, Newman and a team of volunteers were busy filling the planters with vegetables and edible flowers. Between this installment and other planters around Palmer, $2,500 worth of produce has been planted.

“Everything we plant is edible,” Newman said. “You can eat the violas. You can eat the marigolds.”

All of the plants are free for people to take home. Newman said the project is not aimed at any specific demographic.

“It brings the community together around something that is accessible to everyone,” she said.

Volunteer Carrie Klein said she hopes people who pick from the garden will consider what it takes to get food on their plate.

“It’s pretty important that people connect what goes on around them – in their town or in the world – and what’s on their dinner table,” Klein explained.

Newman said the project should remind people of Palmer’s rich agricultural history.

“Palmer is the heart of the ‘bread basket of Alaska,’ and so we want to promote that idea,” she said.

As of Saturday afternoon, a few plants were ready to be harvested. However, Newman said it will be several weeks before most plants are ready to be taken home.

Funding for the project was provided by grants from a number of Alaska-based organizations.

KTVA 11′s Eric Ruble can be reached via email or on Facebook and Twitter.
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Re: Grow Palmer project brings fresh, free food to the Valley
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2016, 09:29:00 AM »
Damn good idea.
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Re: Grow Palmer project brings fresh, free food to the Valley
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2016, 10:06:09 AM »
My Hometown!  :icon_sunny:

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http://www.ktva.com/grow-palmer-project-brings-fresh-free-food-to-the-valley-987/

Grow Palmer project brings fresh, free food to the Valley
By Eric Ruble Photojournalist: Heather Hintze - 10:21 AM June 26, 2016

Video:
http://d14rj7v0r2qnrv.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/26101659/grow-palmer.mp4


Along one of Palmer’s most popular walkways, 40 giant planters are bursting with fresh flowers and vegetables. They are a new installment as part of the Grow Palmer program, an effort to bring healthy, fresh food to people for free.


This is an absolutely wonderful idea. In fact, community gardens are a remarkably wonderful thing to do, and another great way to live-- and help others-- live without $$$.

“Everything we plant is edible,” Newman said. “You can eat the violas. You can eat the marigolds.”


OTOH, if you try to eat the violas, remove the strings first. You'll minimize the risk of losing an eye.
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