The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is suspending operation of its Urban Community Farm in 2021 due to financial and logistical factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Community Farm, based at the UCC’s Logan Office on the Utah State University campus, is operated by AmeriCorps members and community volunteers. Produce from the Urban Community Farm is donated to the USU Student Nutrition Access Center (SNAC) and the Cache Community Food Pantry. In 2019 the Urban Community Farm grew and donated over 4,000 pounds of produce.
The Urban Community Farm had a challenging growing season in 2020 due to the pandemic in which it could not rely on large-scale volunteer projects to accomplish major operational tasks. The Urban Community Farm utilized a small number of AmeriCorps members and volunteers to maintain this past year’s operations but quickly expended its budget due to increased safety supplies and labor costs. In 2021, the program will utilize an AmeriCorps VISTA position to create a revitalization plan to sustainably renew production in 2021 in concert with a number of campus and community partners.
“We’re disappointed that we will have to have a fallow season on the Urban Community Farm this next year as we lack the grant funding to keep the operation running safely,” said USU Center for Community Engagement Director Sean Damitz. “We’re hoping that we can use this next year to re-imagine our operational and business plans to come back stronger in 2022.”
The UCC, based out of USU’s Center for Community Engagement, was formed in 2001 with a mission to develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Since 2001, more than 2,000 UCC AmeriCorps members have served over 1.5 million hours creating or maintaining 3,867 miles of trail and 486 miles of fence, restoring 51,968 acres of public land and reaching 430,921 students with environmental education.
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