Hands on experiential education in ecological horticulture and food system resilience.
At Spring Creek Farm students are educated in all aspects of small scale organic vegetable production. New growers learn by doing in a setting where the classroom is a 6 acre field of rich glacial silt in which they cultivate a diverse and robust polyculture of subarctic appropriate crops. The food which they grow is folded back into the APU community, through dining services, our small CSA, and on site Farmer’s Market.
A portion of the food grown by students is also donated to the food insecure through Alaska Tilth. By working to feed those in need their training is tethered to principles of social justice as they support a secure local food system for all people. Our Training Farm provides the space necessary to pioneer a robust and resilient Alaskan food system by training farmers, researching innovative techniques, and building inter-organizational collaboration.
Our in house farmer’s market provides locally sourced organic foods, crafts, and entertainment throughout the growing season. The market showcases the hard work of our student growers and bakers, and creates opportunities for local food systems entrepreneurs.
Supporting the next generation of sustainable farmers.
Our CSA is conducted to build core competencies in ecological horticulture for our student farmers, giving them the tools to start their own enterprise.
CSA members receive weekly shares of fresh, seasonal, and sustainably grown produce throughout the growing season.
Growing food growing farmers and feeding people in need.
Alaska Tilth is a collaboration of APU and the UAF Experiment Farm which works to address regional food insecurity, and obesity related illness. It accomplishes this by pairing produce donations with demonstrations of healthy, delicious recipes which can be economically prepared at home.