The center is one of 11 projects receiving up to $25,000 to mitigate food insecurity in their communities.
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Executive Director at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Billy Polansky, shakes the hand of Rodney Sheley on Friday in Columbia. Polan…
Paula Elias left hand prints on many corners of the Columbia community including film, advertising and urban agriculture.
Columbia's Community Garden Coalition asked for the exemption after the council voted to change the city's rate structure, raising rates for all users but especially for those who use a lot of water in the summer.
The meal at the Hootenanny included 425 pounds of sweet potatoes, 125 pounds of salad greens, 400 beef burgers, 325 black bean burgers, 80 whole chickens butchered into about 10 pieces each, 400 pounds of pulled pork, 50 whole watermelons and 70 pans of apple crisp.
The community health survey was conducted through March 16 by Live Well Boone County and the Build This Town Campaign for the Agriculture Park.
The farm-to-school coordinator will work with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to plan lessons for children at eight elementary schools.
The master plan includes a pavilion for covered vendor spots, an urban garden and an outdoor classroom.
The money will help with construction of the park, a community food assessment and educational programs.