About The Campaign

Imagine sitting on a bench in the shade of an apple tree, biting into a fresh peach you just bought from the farmers' market.

Imagine three acres of fruits and vegetables growing to feed hungry families in our community.

Imagine a year-round farmers' market that feeds families in Columbia while supporting the livelihoods of family farmers in central Missouri.

Imagine a school field trip with hundreds of children harvesting lettuce and carrots that will be a part of their lunch.

Imagine the next generation of family farmers and backyard gardeners getting their hands in the dirt for the first time.

Imagine a versatile community space that can host a farmers' market, a picnic, a wedding reception, or conference.

Imagine a park that will Build This Town's future.

This campaign is moving forward through a collaborative public-private partnership called Friends of the Farm. The partnership brings together city government with private not-for-profit organizations, allowing the Friends of the Farm to be more effective. Underutilized land and infrastructure owned by the city will be rejuvenated by the interactive programs and activities organized and managed by the non-profit partners. 

 

Once funds are raised: 

  • Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will grow food on site for local hunger relief outlets and provide gardening and cooking lessons that empower members of our community.
  • Columbia Farmers Market will expand to support more farmers and eaters under the park’s new year-round market building.
  • Sustainable Farms and Communities will be able to expand its Access To Healthy Food Program, benefitting more families who use SNAP and WIC at the farmers’ market.
  • Parks and Recreation will continue to be the park’s owner and support the ongoing activities on the site.

Our People

Since 2015 this team of people has been developing the plans and strategies to implement the vision of the Agriculture Park.

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Leadership

Organizers

Build this Town Capital Campaign Steering Committee:

Gary Duncan

Dr. Karen Edison

Lara Landrum

Mark Mahnken

Leslie Meyer

Julia Seitz

Dustin Stanton

Roger Still