FARM & FOOD FRIDAY is an informal monthly meet-up for Central Peninsula folks interested in local food or farming, 8:30 – 9:30 am on the 3rd Friday of the month, currently via Zoom. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and call or log in with your questions, ideas and spirit of cooperation for building a thriving local food system. All are welcome. Register in advance at https://bit.ly/2SvXjI2. Upcoming dates are Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
October theme: Challenges and successes: your stories from the 2020 growing season. Sponsored by Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District and Kenai Local Food Connection.
In lieu of the 4-hour plant sale that takes place annually in front of Three Bears in Kenai, Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District brings you a two-week opportunity to select vegetable, flower and herb starts, berry bushes, certified organic compost and more, all from small-scale producers of the Central Peninsula.
How it works: 1) SHOP at Kenai Soil & Water’s on-line storefront at www.AlaskaFoodHub.org. 2) To make purchases, you must first CREATE AN ACCOUNT. At the top of the page, select “Sign Up.” Then enter your email address and choose a password. 3) PLACE YOUR ORDER with a credit/debit card. Enter discount code “KSWCD10” for 10% off all items on Alaska Food Hub, including items sold by Kenai Soil & Water. 4) PICK UP YOUR ORDER at Soldotna Cook Inletkeeper Community Action Studio, 35911 Kenai Spur Hwy Ste 13, near The Mattress Ranch. Food Hub staff will deliver items to your car.
Shopping Period 1: noon, Friday, May 15 to 10 pm, Monday, May 18
Pick-up Day 1: 4 – 7 pm, Wednesday, May 20
Shopping Period 2: noon, Friday, May 22 to 10 pm, Monday, May 25
The 7th annual Harvest Moon Local Festival was another great success with 48 booths,cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, the ever-popular Fermentation Station, live music, juggling and story-telling, the first ever Harvest Moon Pie Baking Contest and 3000+ visitors! Check out this great coverage and photo essay by Brian Mazurek at the Peninsula Clarion: https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/pies-produce-and-pickling/
Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District partners with Kenai Local Food Connection to publish and distribute the annual update of The Kenai Loves Local Food Directory. By the end of April, you’ll be able to find the directory at libraries, visitors centers and local food businesses from Nikiski to Homer. Call Kenai Soil & Water for additional copies: (907) 283-8732 x 5.
Calling all farmers, fishers, local food business and local food supporters! Sign up today to list your business or organization in the 2019 Kenai Loves Local Food Directory! Choose your level of support: individual business ($25), farmers market ($75) or directory sponsor ($150, includes logo and business listing if desired). You’ll find registration and payment info here.
by Victoria Petersen, Peninsula Clarion, Friday, September 14, 2018
Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District are expanding their catalog of affordable agricultural rental equipment through a charitable project that benefits both farmers and the community.
Three pieces of equipment, which includes a potato digger, a potato washer and a potato planter, were purchased with the assistance of grants from the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and Western SARE. The equipment can be rented to small-scale farmers for $25 day, plus a donation of 25 pounds of potatoes to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. It’s a small price to pay for equipment that could cost a single farmer thousands.
Wondering what it takes to produce and sell food on the Kenai Peninsula? Join us
Saturday, Sept. 8 to tour three local farms that have met the challenge in unique ways. Meet the farmers and hear their stories: how their farms evolved, lessons learned along the way and why they are passionate about what they do. Taste a variety of Alaska Grown wines to complete the tour. This tour, sponsored by Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District and Kenai Local Food Connection, in collaboration with Alaska Farm Tours, is the special kick-off event for Harvest Moon Local Food Week, Sept. 8 – 15, 2018.
“Farmers & Chefs” is an occasional networking event for farmers, food professionals and anyone interested to get more local farm products on area tables. On Tuesday, Nov. 7. the discussion theme will be “lessons learned from the 2017 season.” This event is … Continue reading →
Do you understand how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will (or will not) impact your small farm? On-farm food safety, FSMA, intentional crop planning and post-harvest handling are some of the topics to be covered in a free workshop to be held Saturday, Apr. 8, 9 am to 5 pm at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai. We are fortunate to have Atina Diffley of Family Farmed coming to lead the workshop, as well as a similar workshop in Homer on Apr. 7. Atina is an organic farmer, top-notch presenter and author of the 2012 award-winning memoire, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. This don’t miss event is co-sponsored by Homer Farmers Market and Homer Soil & Water Conservation District.
There is no fee to attend. Bring your own lunch. And please register at http://tinyurl.com/FamilyFarmedAK. Questions? Email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing the Economy: Agriculture Flourishing on the Kenai Peninsula
By Jenny Neyman
Dec. 23, 2015 — Redoubt Reporter
When people think about the economy of the Kenai Peninsula, it’s usually oil and gas, fishing, and maybe education, health care or government. But there’s a growing trend to add another sector to that list — farming.
“These are not hobby farmers, these are hard-working folks. They are investing in infrastructure, they are buying equipment, they’re building storage, they’re building refrigeration for peonies, they’re putting up more high tunnels planting more. These folks are thinking ahead, and I think the rest of us should, as well,” said Heidi Chay, manager of the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, speaking at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting Dec. 16.
Commercial agriculture is typically thought of on a big scale, but the Kenai Peninsula is growing its own agricultural revolution, one small operation at a time.
“Today the farms that are making headlines are the small farms under 10 acres, very likely under 5 acres,” Chay said. …