In July of 2010 seven young people became the first work crew of AntFarm. This crew did the demolition on a downtown vacant business building and jack hammered out concrete to plant kiwi, apple trees, and blueberries. This was the beginning of AntFarm. Now, four years later, AntFarm has offered NE Clackamas County support, teaching, and demonstration of what it means to live, play, and work in community. Here are a few of our accomplishments.
- AntFarm has seen over 650 young people since beginning construction in 2010.
- AntFarm CommunityConnect began with Ken Hovda, a local retired community member of 65 years working side by side with teenagers to help other community members with outside tasks that were difficult to achieve. Since this first began 2 ½ years ago, we have been in over 300 homes helping seniors who could not have done the tasks themselves.
- AntFarm has employed over 185 youth in minimum wage positions in AntFarm YouthCore.
- AntFarm has been growing a community of volunteers including two AmeriCorps CCC teams in 2013 and 2014. Each year service hours have increased and in 2013 we had 22,410 volunteer hours.
- AntFarm has helped over 215 youth achieve employment since the first AntFarm work crew.
- AntFarm has partnered with over 20 agencies, organizations, and churches to build a strong network of community members working together. The National Forest, BLM, SkiBowl, and Timberline are a few of our Mount Hood partners that have been instrumental in putting local youth to work.
- AntFarm increased volunteer tutoring hours to 1896 in 2013.
- AntFarm Community Garden and Farmer’s Market grew 2000 pounds of food in 2011, 6000 pounds of food in 2011, and 10,000 pounds in 2013.
- Of the organic produce grown, 95% of this fresh food was given to Sandy Action Center for low income community members to enjoy.