Annual Fall Fundraiser
How the Fundraiser Works:
After you've made your donation, we'll be in touch with information about your gift, as well as your donation receipt for tax purposes.
Areas of Support
There are a variety of programs and initiatives that need your support for the coming year.
Click through each section for more information on what your donation helps support. Then, scroll down to view Our Year in Numbers for a brief overview of our 2023 season!
Levels of Support & Gifts
Support at the $100 level and choose between these thank you gifts:
- Set of notecards
- Hand forged j-hook from Greenman Forge
Support at the $250 level and choose between these thank you gifts:
- One flower bouquet during the 2024 flower season
- Summer Birds of Calypso poster
Support at the $500 level and choose between these thank you gifts:
- Calypso Wool handspun yarn
- Calypso Farm T-Shirt
Support at the $1,000 level and choose between these thank you gifts:
- Wooden Bowl
- Passes for four gardening workshops (2024)
If you would like to make a donation that doesn't fall within the levels above or if you aren't interested in receiving a thank you gift, click here to make a donation in any amount of your choosing!
If you would like to make a donation offline, checks made payable to Calypso Farm may be mailed to: PO Box 106, Ester, Alaska 99725
Our Year In Numbers
543 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers were grown on the farm this season!
This range of crop diversity is the foundation of biodiversity that we believe keeps the farm healthy and resilient.
So far this year, $11,310 worth of Pay What You Can discounts have been utilized across all of our programs.
This includes CSA shares and all fresh food sold at the Southside Market, plant starts sold in the spring, and all of our education programs including farm & garden camps, Farm School, workshops and more.
About 1,550 youth participated in our education programs this season, including field trips, farm & garden camps, Farm School, etc.
We offered 10 sessions of camp, including 7 weeks at the farm, 2 at the Pearl Creek garden and 1 at the Hunter Garden. We hosted 50 field trips which included groups from public and private schools, homeschools, daycares, and other community groups & organizations.
$2,680 worth of flowers were donated to people in our community, by our community!
We delivered bouquets to 40 people in Hospice care and hosted multiple "Make Your Own Bouquet" days at the Pioneer Home, Golden Towers, Southall Manor and Golden Ages.
19 villages & Alaskan communities were represented in our Indigenous Agriculture programs this summer: Anchorage, Arctic Village, Cordova, Eklutna, Fairbanks, Golovin, Homer, Igiugig, Kokhanok, Kotlik, Kotzebue, Metlakatla, Nenana, Palmer, Salcha, Selawik, Tyonek, Unalakleet, and Venetie.
35 beginning farmers, elders and youth, and 10 trainers gathered at the farm over 4 training sessions to learn from one another and gain hands-on knowledge about growing vegetables in rural areas.
70 different varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers were trialed in the seed garden this year, some of which were varieties we saved from last year!
We're still collecting but it's looking like at least 2/3 have successfully matured and produced nice seed. The next step is germination testing and then making them available to the public!
703 community members attended one of three Community Meals hosted in partnership with Bread Line at the Southside Market this summer!
These monthly dinners at the market showcase locally grown food and are free & open to all, including market customers, neighborhood residents, or anyone in need of a delicious meal and good company!
Over 75 people volunteered hundreds of hours this season!
Volunteers play a vital role in making our programs possible. They help run stations at our public events like the Open House and Sheep & Wool Day, lead farm field trips, organize weekly farmers markets, and much more.
Thank you so much for your interest and involvement in the work that we do!
If you'd like to support our education programs and initiatives to share fresh food, please consider making a donation through our 2023 Fall Fundraiser.