Columbia Farmers Market looks to raise $800,000

A tentative timeline has been set for raising the $800,000 needed to begin work on a Columbia Farmers Market pavilion and adjacent educational farm.

Friends of the Farm, which includes representatives of the market and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, has been working with consultant Eric Staley of Missionmapping LLC since mid-summer to develop a fundraising plan for the $1.2 million first phase of the project.

The group is a partnership between Sustainable Farms and Communities, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Farmers Market and the city Parks and Recreation Department, which has pledged $400,000.

John Corn, board president of Columbia Farmers Market, said he expects the fundraising campaign will begin in earnest in mid-winter or early spring. The group hopes to secure the remaining $800,000 in funding before October 2017, the earliest date construction could begin.

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