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We pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."
Living near the bountiful waters of Icy Strait makes it much easier to build soilfertility without exogenous inputs. We mix a couple tons of seaweed/ leaf mixture into the beds in the spring, and add more as a top dressing in the summer.
We build a couple sizable compost piles each year. Last year, we experimented with mixing modest amounts of fish waste in the center of the pile, where cooking at 140 degrees and absorption by the organics in the pile quickly eliminated bear attracting odors.
We use ash from the wood stove to sweeten the soil.
The beds are covered with leaves in the fall
Jen has designed year round outdoor vermi-bins. Temps in the worm bin have stayed between 60F (great) to 100 degrees F (yikes too warm) during this past winter, even during the long cold spells.
We spray an active aerated compost tea on
the soil and plants. Agronomic research in
recent years has revealed the critical role
that microorganisms play in making soil
nutrients available to plants. We highly
recommend the book Teaming with
Microbes by Jef Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis,
which does a good job of explaining the
science for the lay person and describing the
simple steps that can bring the magic to
Our lone foray into inorganic chemicals:
with perhaps undue relish, Larry sprays a
dilute ammonia solution directly on each of
Satan’s minions, THE SLUG!
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Jen Landry RH (AHG), Dipl ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CP, FDN-P
1920 Gustavus Road, Gustavus AK 99826
Steller Botanical Health
Jen Landry RH(AHG), Dipl ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CP, FDN-P
1920 Gustavus Road
Gustavus, Alaska 99826