USDA Grant Report: Despite challenges of the pandemic last year, AIPL hosted 114 community garden days. Demonstrations resulted in13 new chicken coops, 76 new garden beds, 25 new beehives, and 100 shiitake mushroom logs for continuing local urban farming efforts. AIPL provided entrepreneur farmers with more than 150 egg-laying chickens and ducks. AIPL’s network of growers delivered many pounds of fresh local food to 8 food pantries on multiple occasions. The network and partners built 4 new greenhouses on demonstration days and refurbished or managed 3 greenhouses for shared space among network of growers. That network grew in 2020-21 from 43 to more than 240 participants who share increased knowledge and skills.
Ark. IPL worked with Girl Scouts statewide to earn patches and badges for Making the World a Better Place, Use Resources Wisely, Eco Learner, Eco Friend, Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden, Animal Habitats, Eco Advocate, and more.
Six Climate Reality slide shows were presented to congregations, interfaith groups, and civic groups.
Additionally, working with UCA students enrolled in “Environmental Health” and church groups, AIPL distributed 180 energy efficiency gift bags in low-wealth areas to help our neighbors reduce their energy consumption, lower their utility bills, and reduce carbon emissions.