APF New Horizons Project

The Anderson Park Friends, Inc. (APF) Board is launching a funding initiative entitled the New Horizons Project to raise funds for the future development of Anderson Farm County Park.

The goal is $20,000. An anonymous donor has come forward and will match, dollar for dollar, all donations, memberships, and revenue raised by APF before 12/31/22. So, $100 donations will turn into $200. Business memberships of $500 will turn into $1,000. The organization has reached about 25% of the goal as of September 20th.

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Our vison for the park includes more restored forests and creating new hiking paths, prairies, and pollinator gardens (for monarch butterflies, bees, and birds).

The vision also includes expansion of the Anderson Farm Center. A center piece of the center’s vision is to attract small businesses-growers-by leasing plots of land. Equipment storage and expansion of the irrigation system is needed to make the center more attractive to private growers. Potential plans for 2023 and beyond include making land available to growers in two to five acre increments through long-term leases.

New infrastructure could possibly include a multi-purpose shed, expansion of the irrigation system, and other agricultural equipment. This fall APF will develop a feasibility plan and budget to steer the completion of the project. New infrastructure could be added in 2023 or 2024.

The project’s intent is to use new infrastructure so volunteers can leverage their work in the food pantry/community gardens and other components of the park’s land management plan-forests, prairies, pollinator gardens, savannahs, and wildlife habitat.

Using the food pantry garden as an example, volunteers are currently collaborating with Little John’s Kitchen to dry and cure the current onion crop of 150 pounds. Adequate storage at the park is needed to reduce spoilage and expenses. A “greenhouse” project is being discussed for 2023.

Costs associated with food pantries and gardens are rising. The Badger Prairie Needs Network-Verona (served by the park’s food pantry garden) reports serving over 10,000 people during the pandemic. They and other volunteer organizations are dealing with inflated costs, supply chain problems while the cost and demand for food is increasing.

Local businesses have already stepped forward to assist Anderson Park Friends, Inc. by purchasing business memberships. This year Arbor Systems, AlphaGraphics, Firefly Coffeehouse, and Good Oak Ecological Services have joined the organization and are also providing donated products and services. AlphaGraphics donated the cost of the APF’s new brochure worth over $600 dollars. Parker said their cash donations are being matched by the anonymous donor.

Remember Anderson Park Friends is an all-volunteer organization and gifts go entirely to the mission and vision of the organization. In 2021, APF logged over 3,400 hours of volunteer time and effort.

2022 Goal: $10,000. This amount will be matched by an anonymous donor and result in a total of $20,000. Potential program goals for the 2023-2025 period include leasing land to growers (private businesses), building a food packing structure, and a tool shed. Additional plans will be developed in late 2022.

For more detailed information, click here for the Strategic Concept Paper: 2021-2025.

If you like what we do, chip in a little to make a big difference. Use the form below.

$3,006.00 raised
GOAL: $10,000.00

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