In the News: District’s Farm to Food Bank Project

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.

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See the District’s Rental Farm Equipment in Action!

The public is invited to a field demonstration of tillage and planting equipment for small farms, Thursday, June 7, 4-6 pm at Ridgeway Farms, 5220 Strawberry Road.  The demonstration will include a chisel plow, spring tooth harrow, bed shaper, plastic mulch layer, flower and vegetable planter, and no-till drill. NRCS equipment expert, Catherine Hadley, will be on hand to talk about when to use different types of tillage equipment and their effects on soil quality.    For more information, call 283-8732 x 108.