The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank high tunnel collapsed in the winter of 2022-23. It is being replaced with a new structure. Bed orientation will be reconfigured inside of the high tunnel and through out the garden. The Food Bank does not currently have a day to day dedicated manager. A staff member from the warehouse tries to remember to turn the water on and off. A system that is careful about water placement and includes a timer is necessary. The business of crop irrigation needs to be easier and less time consuming, as well as water conserving.
Purpose and Reach:
Garden produce is used both at the Food Bank kitchen and given to patrons for home use. The Food Bank garden is the site of may small scale agriculture demonstrations.
Irrigation Supplies ~ $5200.00
Garden Bed Supplies ~ $400.00
Soil Moisture Sensor ~ $600.00
District 5010 Request $3,000.00; Kenai Club $3,000.00
Materials will be purchased at the same time that the high tunnel is being installed in summer 2023. The installation will happen as soon as the construction site is clear and safe for Rotary and community volunteers.
Rotary and Community Engagement:
The USDA is assisting in prescribing the needed irrigation components. The staff of the local USDA office, Rotary members, and enthusiastic Food Bank volunteers will install both the irrigation system and the garden beds.