Student Opens Produce Stand on University Campus

A college student’s research project has turned into a small farmer’s market.

by Dani Yokhna

Student Opens Produce Stand on University Campus ( 
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Devin Johnson, a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, grew up in the Mat-Su Valley. His childhood involved eating locally grown produce and he still feels a connection to that food. For an honor’s research project at UAA, Johnson wanted to see if his fellow students and staff felt the same. Would they, too, be interested in locally grown food?

“We’re going about that with the Produce Stand Pilot Study featuring all Alaska grown produce from the Mat-Su valley, and basically giving people a chance here at UAA to try the produce and see if that’s something they’d be interested in for the future,” Johnson told KTUU.

The produce stand has been up and running for the past two weeks, KTUU reports, which opened after Johnson received a grant from the USDA. If the project is successful and the funds are available, Johnson plans on keeping the produce stand open year-round.


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