We recently collaborated with the Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District to help build a dozen hydroponic grow towers for various sites throughout Fairbanks. With the bulk of the build occurring at the Boys & Girls Club of Fairbanks (we will finish them next Monday), and with a few additional non-profit community members rounding out the build team, not only did we bond over power tools, but created connections that will last far beyond the tower build. Soil & Water provided the basil seedlings shown below; the completed tower is now sitting in the VISTA office! I am so thrilled that Timea, our VISTA at United Way of Tanana Valley, picked the first basil leaves just yesterday for her own cooking use. We look forward to many more VISTAs getting their greens and herbs fix right here in our office.