Hunter School Garden

Schoolyard Garden Initiative

Hello everyone!

My name is Anna Vinitsky and I am going to be the new Hunter School Garden Supervisor for the up and coming 2009 season. To tell you a little about myself… I just arrived two weeks ago from Lake Tahoe, California with my dog, Max. And already, in such a short time, I love my new home in Fairbanks.


I grew up in a small town called Port Townsend, Washington, near Seattle. I moved to Southern California to continue my education and took advantage of any opportunity to study abroad. I have been to South America several times and can speak Spanish pretty fluently. I have also lived in Botswana (Southern Africa) for 5 months where I worked at an environment NGO.

I just recently graduated from Pitzer College in May of 2008 with a self designed major called, “Connecting Communities with the Environment.” I could not have thought of a better job description than the opportunity to work in a school garden growing local food with the entire community. Gardens are a powerful place that can bring people together, beautify and diversify the neighborhood, serve as an educational center, and provide access to fresh, local produce.

Since it’s the first year for Hunter Elementary, there is a lot of work to do to prepare the soil. But that’s the best part! We get to witness a huge transition. In the midst of summer, the garden will be flourishing with up to 100 different varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. I know it is going to be an amazing summer. And most importantly, we are going to have so much fun!

I really look forward to seeing you around the garden at some point this summer. So please, stop by whenever you can. We could always use a hand!