Supporting and building a sustainable local food system on the Kenai Peninsula.

Local Food News!

Local Resources
  • Homer Farmers' Market is the best place, besides your own garden, to get local veggies.  Support a local infrastructure of farming without all the shipping.  Besides, it's a fun place to go!  Runs June through September officially, though there is often folks selling veggies way into November.

  • Homer Garden Club is a vital resource of local knowledge.  Meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of every month during the winter with speakers on topics ranging from permaculture to greenhouse gardening to flower garden design.  Want to start growing your own food?  Don't be intimidated by the expertise in the room when you go, just ask questions!  Their summer garden tour will inspire you.

  • Check out the Transition Homer blog to see discussions on making a more resilient community or join a group on beekeeping, mushrooms or permaculture.

  • Grow- Your- Own Suppliers

    • Ground Control - Though they have a booming landscaping business, John and Alisha Mahoney are dedicated to helping folks grow their own food with the help of irrigation supplies and more at their Ocean Drive location.  235-1521

    • The Wagon Wheel - Has seeds, starts, dirt, animal feed, and most anything else you would need for a small farm or garden.  235-8777

  • Soil and Compost

    • Ocean Earth Compost - Jim Van Oss has quite the operation out East End Road with large-scale compost piles he can load into the back of your truck.  It is seasonal, so give him a call to find out if any is available at 235-1314.

    • Anchor Point Greenhouse - Al Poindexter runs wonderful greenhouses full of plants, but he is also the creator of Fishy Peat and can load your truck with your desired mix of topsoil, peat, and/or sand.

  • Check out our local greenhouses and other resources on the Garden Snaps web page

  • We are lucky to have a local freezing and canning facility with Coal Point Trading Co.  Nancy Hillstrand now has the official capacity to purchase veggies as well as fish for freezing. 235-3877.

 
State-wide Resources

  • For general questions, you can always call the Cooperative Extension office in Kenai at 1-800-478-5824

  • The local source for Farm Tech greenhouses is in Kasilof.  Jeff Babitt has quite a crew manufacturing and building the same kind of high tunnels that are popping up everywhere with the NRCS/USDA grants.  252-5712

  • Everything you will ever need to know about canning can be found in this video series from Cooperative Extension.  But that's not all.  Three of the latest DVDs in Extension’s Preserving Alaska’s Bounty series are “Cold Storage,” “Roses and Fireweed” and “Processing Game Meat.”  The DVDs sell for $5 and are available through extension offices or by calling Extension toll-free at 877-520-5211.  Interactive online lessons on many of the same topics are available on extension’s website. You can also see a list of all their publications; there are TONS of subjects varying from raspberries to potatoes.

  • Check out the UAF Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station Publications

  • Read up on announcements and research highlights from the UAF School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences on their SNRAS Science and News blog.

  • Glacier Valley CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is run out of Palmer and is the only year-round CSA box around.  Some of their produce is shipped up from the Lower 48, but they fill it with as much local produce as they can.  If you sign up for a box, the drop off is at the Ring of Fire Meadery.

  • The AK Root Cellar Blog is for those of you who would like to add more local foods to your diet, meet local farmers, learn new recipes based on seasonal eating and preserving the summer harvest.

  • Global Food Collaborative:  Working in Alaska to connect businesses to each other and to other strategic companies and technologies --all for the purposes of a world-class industry with optimal supply chains.

  • Edible Communities:  Cultivating Community Through Food

  • Read about what the Upbeet Gardener, Marion Owen of Kodiak, proposes for a sustainable food policy for Alaska

  • Alaska Permaculture Blog is a great way to share ideas and questions with others around the state on what works in Alaska for permaculture.

 
Other Resources

 

 

Buying local veggies at the  Homer Farmers' Market

High Tunnel Tour Check out the tour  and tour map.

Homer Garden Club  has monthly meetings with guest speakers on the fourth Sunday throughout the winter.  Check out what you can learn from the area's best growers.  To find out what is coming up, check out their websiteAnd fill out this survey of plant varieties to help catalog what grows best here.

 

NRCS/USDA 

High tunnel greenhouse project 

 

The deadline for grant applications is ongoing.  Check out the program and then call the Homer office for more information at 235-8177.

 

 

HOMER FACT:

Because of our distance from major metropolitan centers, Alaskans have historically been very self-sufficient in terms of food production; hunting, fishing, and the gathering of local plants.  Over the years this has diminished and in our present-day Alaska much of our food comes from the grocery store. 

When looking into different areas of sustainability, a community must evaluate where its food comes from and how much energy it takes to get it.  In consideration of rising energy costs and the sizeable distance our food travels to get here, Alaskans must begin to see the importance of encouraging more local food production more than anyone in the Lower 48. Presently, Alaskan farmers only produce about 2% of Alaskans' food.

There is nothing better than eating what our local area has to offer, a practice that at the same time supports a local economy of producers and distributors.  So go to your local Farmers Market!

 

 
Hit Counter

To contact us:

You can drop us a letter at:

Sustainable Homer, PO Box 1801, Homer, AK  99603

Phone: 907-235-6953

 

E-mail: info@sustainablehomer.org

Hit Counter

Back to Top