When Toni Loop started working on building a community garden in Nikiski, the price of lumber was a lot lower.
Before the pandemic, she could cover all the costs with a $3,500 grant she had from the Alaska Farm Bureau. But lumber costs have skyrocketed during COVID-19, due to supply shortages and high demand.
Still, Loop is charging ahead with the project and plans to open it this summer. She wants a garden for people who don’t have their own at home.