By Jenny Neyman, Redoubt Reporter, Nov. 5, 2014
By the time Alaska Berries opened its new winery last month, owners Brian and Laurie Olson had already spent two years of intricate, meticulously conducted, carefully recorded experimentation, testing and polling in creating their menu of fruit wines.
They built a facility just for this purpose, with conditions specifically designed for optimal wine production and storage.
They’ve spent over 10 years gradually working toward this step in their long-term plan for their farm, starting with gradually clearing and fencing their 4 acres at the end of West Poppy Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road between Kenai and Soldotna, then cultivating and perfecting their berry plants, selling plant starts, expanding into producing and selling jams and syrups, and, finally, producing the fermented fruits of their labor.
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Thank you to all the students who participated, and congratulations to this year’s winners of the annual conservation poster contest!
The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the winners of the annual conservation poster contest. This year’s theme – Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil – challenged students to learn about and convey through artwork the complex living world beneath our feet.
First place winners in each age category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th) win $50 and the chance to compete in the state-level competition. Second place in each age group wins $30, and third place wins $20. All winners will be honored at the Central Peninsula Garden Club meeting to be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building. Winners of the state level contest proceed to a national competition sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.
This year’s local contest was co-sponsored by Central Peninsula Garden Club, Kenai Watershed Forum, UAF-Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Kenai Field Office.
The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District is happy to announce a poster contest open to students in grades K-12 in Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling, Kasilof and Clam Gulch. The theme of this local, state, and national contest, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the soil,” gets kids learning and thinking about the living world beneath our feet. The contest is co-sponsored by the Central Peninsula Garden Club, Kenai Watershed Forum, 4-H/Cooperative Extension Service and NRCS. First prize winners in each age category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, 10th-12th) win $50 and the chance to compete in the state-level competition. Second place in each age group wins $30, and third place wins $20.
Posters are due September 30, 2014 and may be dropped off at any of the following locations:
Kenai Watershed Forum — 44129 Sterling Highway, Soldotna
4-H/Cooperative Extension Office — 43961 K-Beach Road
Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District –110 Trading Bay, Suite 160, Kenai