Grant funds grow-own-food program in rural Alaska

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A federal grant of almost half a million dollars will aim to promote more rural Alaska Native villages to grow their own food.

The Tundra Drums reports that a three-year $411,256 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been given to Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service to kick start the project.

Project director Heidi Rader says the course will help residents of remote communities grow food to complement traditional subsistence activities - enough food for themselves and 10 other family members.

The project is for communities where groceries are expensive and access to fresh vegetables is limited.

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