Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Youve gotta love Homer

Sitting in the Homer Theatre a couple of weeks ago surrounded by Homer Farmers Market supporters watching a movie about farmers on a sunny day, I couldnt love this town more. Spring has been very good to us this year, dropping the snow levels at a stunning rate and promising a bountiful gardening year. The air is abuzz with thoughts of growing things. People are getting excited about high tunnels, growing their own food and the Farmers Market is growing.

And every day I get to work with the Farmers Market VISTA, Bronwynn Kelly. She is tracking this growing enthusiasm, working with producers, gardeners, educators, local organizations and agencies around the state on this local food topic. She has been helping with grants, helping with gardens, helping with networking on a larger scale. My office might be one of the most optimistic, enthusiastic, productive places I know thanks to Bronwynns work.

As a VISTA, Bronwynns monthly paycheck is diddly. In order to get her here, I needed to show that the community would support a VISTA. Thanks to the donors of the Tin Roof Fund at the Homer Foundation, Bronwynn gets a stipend toward her housing costs. You cant imagine what a weight has lifted with that generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Seeing all the supportive folks at the Farmers Market movie or community high tunnel meetings that Bronwynn has organized, seeing all the food that the market vendors have given her, seeing how many different people drive her to the office in the morning when she has been walking to work, I couldnt love this community more.

Thanks to everyone for your support of the local food movement and this keystone facilitator, the Farmers Market VISTA.

Kyra Wagner

(Director of Sustainable Homer and the Homer Farmers Markets biggest fan)