Drive-Thru Plant Sale

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.  

SCHEDULE:

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

    Pick-up Day 2: 4 – 7 pm, Wednesday, May 27

For an easy introduction to Alaska Food Hub, go to http://www.alaskafoodhub.org/how-it-works-the-basics/

Have questions? Email us at kenaiswcd@gmail.com or call (907) 398-6975.

The 2020 Kenai Peninsula Local Food Directory is here!

Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District and Kenai Local Food Connection are happy to announce the arrival of the 2020 Kenai Peninsula Local Food Directory. In the directory you’ll find sources of locally grown and harvested food from farms, fish sites, retail stores, mobile food trucks and on-line markets.  You’ll also find details on all of the Kenai Peninsula’s farmers markets.  You can download the directory by clicking on the image below or going to www.KenaiLocalFood.org. You can also pick up a copy at many local grocery stores and businesses including Cad-Re Feeds, Everything Bagels, fresh365, Lucy’s Market, Odie’s Deli, Charlotte’s and Kenai Feed. 

Harvest Moon Local Festival

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/

The 2019 Local Food Directory!

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.

2019 Farmers Markets

Shopping Farmers Fresh Market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Alaska Food Hub
Wednesdays, May – October
Locations in Homer (from May 1), Soldotna (from May 15), Seldovia (from May 22)
Robbi Mixon, 907-235-4068 x 23 www.alaskafoodhub.org

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Farmers Market
Tuesday, 3 – 6 pm, June 11 – September 10
K-Beach Rd. at Community College Dr.
907-262-3111

Homer Farmers Market
Wednesday, 2 – 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
May 25 – Sept . 28
Ocean Drive, across from The Washboard
Robbi Mixon, 299-7540  www.homerfarmersmarket.org

Ninilchik Farmers Market
Sunday, 1 – 5 pm
June 2 – July 28
Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds
Tiffany Sherman, 907-567-3670 www.ninilchikfarmersmarket.com

Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market  (the area’s oldest farmers market)
Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, June 1 – Sept. 28
Kenai Spur Hwy at E. Corral Ave
Elaine & Bill Howell, 907-394-2175 Facebook page

Soldotna Wednesday Market
Wednesday, 11 am – 6 pm, June 5 – Aug. 28
Soldotna Creek Park
Annette Villa, 907-252-7264 www.soldotnawednesdaymarket.com

Additional information for Kenai Peninsula farmers at https://kenaisoilandwater.org/projects/kenaifarmcentral/

2019 Local Food Directory

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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.

Press Release: $5/Week Alaska Grown Challenge

(Anchorage, Alaska) May 2015 – The Alaska Farm Bureau announces the $5/Week Alaska Grown Challenge – a statewide campaign to increase consumer spending on Alaska Grown products with the goal of strengthening local economies and increasing Alaska’s food security.

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau, in partnership with the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District and several other local organizations, launched the $5/Week Alaska Grown Challenge on May 5, in honor of Alaska Agriculture Day.  Now the Challenge is going statewide with the help of social media, Farm Bureau chapters and local food advocates across the state.  …

Read the full press release and sign up for Challenge: http://www.alaskafb.org/take-the-5-00week-alaska-grown-challenge-and-increase-alaskas-food-security/

Local Media: Farmers Market Roundtable

Farmers market roundtable provides networking and education

Alaska not only presents farmers with different growing conditions than the Lower 48, but different market conditions as well. A workshop held on Wednesday at Kenai’s Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building invited prospective farmers on the Kenai Peninsula to learn about both.

Organizer Heidi Chay of the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District said that the workshop, entitled “Scaling Up: Ready for the Farmer’s Market,” was aimed at hobbyists looking to become business owners.

“What we’re seeing is that all of the markets could use more vendors, and that there’s a lot of demand for local food,” Chay said. “The thrust of this event is to inspire those successful gardeners and high tunnel growers who are already scaling up and giving away food to their friends and family to think about becoming vendors.”

Workshop attendee Chelsea Holsonbeke is one such successful grower.

“We put in our own home-built high tunnel last year, and we did a bunch of preliminary experiments just to see what we could grow really well, and we were really successful, grew way more than we could eat, and decided that this year we’re going to look into making a business, going to farmer’s markets,” Holsonbeke said.

Although Holsonbeke has grown vegetables for personal use, she’s never grown commercially.

“We’ll see how this year goes, and if it’s really successful we’ll consider expanding,” Holsonbeke said. “Last year it was a hobby. This year it’s going to be serious.”

Chay encouraged gardeners like Holsonbeke by bringing together seven speakers, who presented on subjects ranging from practicalities like signage and booth display to food safety, how to use food assistance programs like SNAP and EBT, and the results of a 2013-2014 survey of Farmer’s Markets.

Read the full article: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-02-11/farmers-market-roundtable-provides-networking-and-education