Jul 2nd, 2018

BUILD THIS TOWN: Work Continues on the New Clary-Shy Agricultural Park!

CFCM is proud to be a key partner in this new, nutritious-food project in Columbia. Ground was broken on November 17, 2017, to kick off the private-public partnership known as Build This Town. Previous efforts to develop the property known as the "old fair grounds" helped pave the way for the new project combining the efforts of the City of Columbia, Sustainable Farms and Communities, the Columbia Farmers' Market, and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. The Columbia City Council approved the first phase of the agricultural park. It will include a farmers' market pavilion, outdoor education facilities, an urban garden, and parking. Later phases will include a barn and a greenhouse. Crops raised in the urban garden will be donated to local food banks. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 at a cost of over $7 million. The largest contribution so far is $495,000 from University of Missouri Health Care. The City of Columbia is also providing $475,000 in parks sales tax proceeds for the project, as well as nearly $600,000 from its designated loan fund. The City Council last year also accepted a $700,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health for the project and expects another $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Through CFCM, the Clary-Shy revitalization campaign has established a dedicated “Friends of the Farm -- Build This Town Fund,” which has already received over $700,000 in donations from citizens and businesses in central Missouri. “What is more important than food--nutritious food, wholesome food, nearby food?” asked John Baker, CFCM Executive Director. “Not much.” If you’d like to make a donation to the Fund, contact John Baker at jdbaker@cfcmfoundation.org [Sources – Columbia Tribune, May 6, 2017, and The Missourian, January 29, 2018]

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