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St. George, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: To help increase food security and overall livability in St. George, the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association renovated its greenhouse. In additional to providing a place to grow produce, the greenhouse doubles as a community gathering space.

Kenai, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: Hey gek'a, also known as the lingonberry or lowbush cranberry, is used by Alaska Native people to treat headaches, swelling, sore throats and tuberculosis and to dye mats, baskets and skin. After the installation of six raised gardening beds on the campus of the Dena'ina Wellness Center, Kenaitze Indian Tribe elders and other community members have improved access to the berries. They also grow 11 other indigenous, medicinal plants at the site, including chamomile, yarrow and stinging nettle. Each plant is tagged with its Dena'ina name, as well as its uses, enabling visitors to learn about the tribe's language and traditional knowledge.

Ketchikan, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project will add six raised beds to a garden plot and purchase plants to give older adults the opportunity to grow vegetables and flowers while receiving the physical and mental benefits of gardening.

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Naknek, AK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: To keep residents of all ages active, this project set out to update outdoor fitness trails, providing space for people of all ages to engage with each other. Camai Community Center developed a summer walking path and winter ski trail. To offer the community an intergenerational activity, the organization created a story walk, which features pages of a storybook displayed in succession along the pathway. They then hosted invited local elders groups to walk the path with preschool children and read to them.

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