Missouri Foundation for Health invests in local agriculture park
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Foundation for Health has awarded $700,000 to support the construction, planning and programming of an agriculture park at the site of the Columbia Farmers Market.
The grant will go into effect in July and continue through the Summer of 2021.
According to a press release from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, the plan for the agriculture park includes a permanent structure for the Columbia Farmers Market and other events, an urban farm that will supply the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, and outdoor educational resources for younger attendees.
The press release said $175,000 of the award will be used toward construction funds to help establish the teaching and production infrastructure at the park. With the current time line, it is estimated construction will begin late this year, and the Columbia Farmers Market should be able to use the first section of the building this coming spring.
Campaigns like www.BuildThisTown.org" target="_blank">Build This Town: Campaign for the Agriculture Park have already raised about $2 million since late 2016. The statement says the new grant will "jump start" the educational component of the project.
“We are really excited about the project. The public-private partnership we’ve developed has led to a wide base of support and a project that will have a great impact on our community,” said Director of Columbia Parks and Recreation Mike Griggs.