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Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Charity Profile
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center is a non-profit, educational farm based in Ester, Alaska. We provide hands-on education to Fairbanks school children and community members through our education programs. Our diversified farm operates as a CSA to feed a number of local families through the growing season.
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Volunteer Information
Every summer, volunteers join the farm crew, helping with spring planting, weekly harvests, and composting parties. These individuals and groups are an invaluable part of the farm! To work on the farm with us, you can create a schedule or add yourself to a call list for special projects.
As a field trip facilitator, you will lead a group of children learning about farming, local foods, and the boreal forest ecosystem. Training and support are provided!
Calypso is governed by a thirteen-person Board of Directors. Directors meet monthly to discuss organizational business and are expected to head up a working committee in specific subject areas. This is a dynamic, fun group of people to work with!
Advisory Committees work on specific issues at Calypso. The following committees exist: Education, Community Outreach & Social Justice, Farm/CSA, Fundraising, Technology, Farm Infrastructure, Ecology Center, School Partnership, and Board Development.
Calypso's Annual Farm Open House and Benefit Dinner and Auction require many, many hands. To get involved with either or both of these events.
School gardens are an exciting new element in Fairbanks. Help is needed in planning, organization, fundraising and assisting teachers with garden-based lessons. There are currently six active school gardens (Effie Kokrine Charter School, U-Park Elementary, Pearl Creek Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Woodriver Elementary, and West Valley High School).
In 2009 we will be building a new outhouses and working on the Resource Center. There are also all kinds of other small projects that come up each summer.