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Growing where a parking lot used to be, it’s harvest time at the farm in Mountain View

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: August 23
  • Published August 23

Prem Niroula, right, and Bhai Subba tend a produce stand at the Grow North Farm along Mountain View Drive on Sunday, August 23, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Prem Niroula and Bhai Subba, both Bhutanese refugees, tended a produce stand at the Grow North Farm in Mountain View on Sunday, Aug. 23. The two grew all the produce for sale on their respective tables.

Subba, who moved to Anchorage in 2009, said she enjoys “working outside at the farm, but it’s very hard work.”

Bhai Subba looks at turnips that she is growing in her plot at the Grow North Farm in Mountain View on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The 28,000 square foot farm, a project of Anchorage Community Land Trust, is located on an old parking lot along Mountain View Drive. In its second farming season, over 20 people from Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, South Sudan, Congo, Mexico and Somalia had the opportunity to grow food there and learn business skills.

Niroula said he used to be a farmer and had 10 acres of land in Bhutan before moving to Anchorage in 2011. Niroula marveled at how large the produce was last season during the record breaking heat. “This summer has been colder,” Niroula said.

Prem Niroula bags snap peas that he grew as he tends a produce stand at the Grow North Farms in Mountain View on Sunday. Niroula grew the carrots and radishes in the foreground. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Turnips in the ground at Grow North Farm along Mountain View Drive on Sunday, August 23, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Bundles of carrots for sale at the Grow North Farm along Mountain View Drive on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Peter Domingo purchased produce grown by Bhai Subba at the Grow North Farm along Mountain View Drive on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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