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Progress doesn't always feel very fast, 

we have done most of it by the shovelful

and

with the swing of the pulaski...

Gustavus Grown  PRODUCE


Delicious fresh produce May - November



Farm Stand:

May - October: Saturdays 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm.

June- August:  Wednesdays 11 am -Noon.

Come check out our locally fermented

vinegars, probiotic beverages, pickled

vegetables, and herb vinegars.

Plus local duck eggs





TOURS


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.



CONTRARIAN AGRARIANS

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 seven 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. We mix modest amounts of fish waste in the center of the pile, for enhanced nutrients and fertility.

  • 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), even during 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

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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Steller Botanical Health Jen Landry RH(AHG), Dipl ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA-CP, FDN-P 1920 Gustavus Road Gustavus, Alaska 99826 907-209-6180