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Steller Botanical Health - Gustavus Grown Vegetables
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Farm Stand pick up on Saturdays.
This year our farm stand will also debut our delicious Alaskan Wild Berry Vinegars.
Come check us out!
For those that want to learn more about sustainable agriculture in Alaska and a subsistence oriented lifestyle rooted in preparing and putting food up for the winter, we will accommodate small group tours of our gardens, greenhouse and pantry.
We sell starts in May.
We have lots of vegetables and herb varieties that do well in Southeast Alaska.
In 2018 we offered limited garden supplies--row cover, bioplastic, hydrolized fish fertilizer.
As of 2019 we will expand our offering to also include seeds, potting soil, a variety of organic fertilizers, and bird netting.
We are in our third year of saving our own
ALASKA GROWN SEEDS!
We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge:
" Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative.
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."
Jen and Larry are avid gardeners who have grown all the vegetables we consume for the last 20 years. For most of those years our garden was in a small valley outside of Fairbanks, where the already painfully short summerswere cruelly truncated by cold air settling in the valley bottom on still days. Some years we experienced frost every month of the year. We were forced to considerable lengths to keep our garden vibrant.
Having moved to the far more convivial climes of Gustavus six years ago, we’ve been pleased with the longer growing season and permafrost free soils. Jen’s zeal at new growing opportunities quickly swelled our garden to the point that we began selling produce in 2015.
Jen studied Sustainable Agriculture as Sterling College , currently recognized as the top college in the nation for serving food that’s local, sustainable, humane, and fair-trade. From there she worked on organic and biodynamic farms across the country until settling in Alaska where she has continued to keep her hands in the soil, working for years with John & Jo Papp at Papps’ Produce where potato varieties abounded, and whose legacy now is continued by their daughter at Bender Mountain Farm .
Our Growing Practices
Thanks to the small farm friendly folks at the USDA, we are not allowed to use the most common and obvious adjective to describe our growing practices without paying through the nose, so we shall describe them instead and let you fill in the blanks. We employ many of the standard practices of the aforementioned unmentionable word to keep our soils healthy and productive, to-wit:
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 is working to perfect her year round outdoor vermi-bins. Temps in the worm bin have stayed between 40F (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. Although our sample size is small;one year—last summer’s results seemed to be a resounding endorsement of this approach. 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 your garden.
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