Fresh International Garden provides refugees with urban farming skills

Fresh International Garden provides refugees with urban farming skills

Catholic Social Services runs a refugee program that includes a course in urban farming, but participants learn more than just growing skills.

Lauren Maxwell
Rhubarb: The summer flavor of Alaska

Rhubarb: The summer flavor of Alaska

All around the state, Alaskans are eating rhubarb pie and rhubarb ice cream, drinking craft cocktails featuring rhubarb, and wondering “what else can I do with all this rhubarb?”

KTVA Web Staff
Denali-area eatery offers high-concept cuisine

Denali-area eatery offers high-concept cuisine

Laura Cole is a decorated chef who's restaurant 229 Parks is always sold out. Cole strives to serve local, fresh food to her guests.

Lauren Maxwell
How Sweet it is; The Buzz about Alaska's Honey Bees

How Sweet it is; The Buzz about Alaska's Honey Bees

Melissa Heuer is the founder of Spork Consulting, focusing on understanding and enhancing our current food systems.

KTVA Web Staff
Harvesting Alaska: Spruce tip foraging

Harvesting Alaska: Spruce tip foraging

"Foraging for wild foods helps us connect and ties us to the land, really in a way that not much else can."

Heather Hintze
Harvesting Alaska: Cooking with Kombucha

Harvesting Alaska: Cooking with Kombucha

Kombucha isn’t just for drinking. Edible Alaska looks at different ways of cooking with the fizzy drink that is full of probiotics.

KTVA Web Staff
Harvesting Alaska: Talkeetna cafe specializes in local food

Harvesting Alaska: Talkeetna cafe specializes in local food

The Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe in Talkeetna features food with Alaskan ingredients. Much of the produce comes from down the road at the family owned farm.

Lauren Maxwell

Harvesting Alaska: Kachemak Bay Oysters

Megan Mazurek visits a Kachemak Bay oyster farm to see how they get from the bay to the table.

Megan Mazurek
Harvesting Alaska: Akutaq (Eskimo ice cream)

Harvesting Alaska: Akutaq (Eskimo ice cream)

For Anna Sattler, the smell of fall in the air and her bags of fresh berries mean it's time to make akutaq.

Heather Hintze
Harvesting Alaska: Turning beets into ice cream

Harvesting Alaska: Turning beets into ice cream

On this Harvesting Alaska, we see how Wild Scoops turns Alaska-grown beets into an ice cream flavor.

Daybreak Staff
Harvesting Alaska: The trials of growing grains in the Last Frontier

Harvesting Alaska: The trials of growing grains in the Last Frontier

Alaska doesn't have the heat for wheat, so farmers at the Alaska Flour Company are banking on barley.

Heather Hintze
Harvesting Alaska: Alaska Flour Company

Harvesting Alaska: Alaska Flour Company

Alaska Flour Company is looking to go all in on Barley and is expanding their operation to make full use of the special grain.

Daybreak Staff
Harvesting Alaska: Eating like we want to

Harvesting Alaska: Eating like we want to

It’s challenging to eat well in rural Alaska. Villagers in Anaktuvuk Pass have said they paid $12 for a mediocre cabbage — a prepackaged salad is $8. Despite the challenges, one family has figured out a way to eat well and to nourish their community. Jennifer Romo and her family own the Wood River Market in […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Southeast couple turns kelp into cash

Harvesting Alaska: Southeast couple turns kelp into cash

The shores of southeast Alaska are full of food. Fishing is a major industry in the state capital, but when Matt Kern and Lia Heifetz, of Barnacle foods, go out on the water, it's for a different kind of catch.

Liz Raines

Harvesting Alaska: The Learning Farm is teaching children about farm life, compassion for animals

The Learning Farm teaches Alaskan kids about farm animals and proper care with field trips and summer camps.

Harvesting Alaska: Calypso Farm and Ecology Center

Calypso Farm and Ecology center outside Fairbanks is teaching people from around the country how to start their own farms.

Heather Hintze

Harvesting Alaska: Using technology to grow rural Alaska

Learn how phone applications are helping rural Alaskans maintain their gardens.

Harvesting Alaska: Shrimping in Prince William Sound

Emily Carlson follows the Swanson family as they shrimp out of Prince William Sound.

Emily Carlson
Harvesting Alaska: Shrimping in Prince William Sound

Harvesting Alaska: Shrimping in Prince William Sound

When you think of harvesting from the ocean this time of year, most people think of fish like salmon and halibut. However, for many people in Prince William Sound, it’s all about the shrimp. At first, it was an excuse for Emmie and Mark Swanson to get out on the water. Mark is a retired […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Kachemak Bay Oysters

Harvesting Alaska: Kachemak Bay Oysters

From farm to table, Kachemak Bay Oysters are a delicacy offered almost year-round in restaurants. Many of them are grown in Peterson Bay, a cove located on the south shore of Kachemak Bay. It’s cold, clean water is home to hundreds of thousands of oysters. They live at the bottom of buoys, in nets […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Using technology to grow rural Alaska

Harvesting Alaska: Using technology to grow rural Alaska

You love to download apps on your phone, but did you know there’s one that connects you with gardeners across the state? Oftentimes, as Alaskans, we feel like we’re disconnected from the things that happen outside our community. A staff member at University of Fairbanks is working to bring Alaskans back together. “Gardens were really […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Calypso Farm and Ecology Center

Harvesting Alaska: Calypso Farm and Ecology Center

Farming begins from the ground up for Tom Zimmer and his crew at the Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. The non-profit organization outside Fairbanks offers community classes in everything from soil basics and fertilizer to animal husbandry and chicken butchering. Zimmer said their goal is to get more people into agriculture. “The more local your […]
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Harvesting Alaska: The Learning Farm is teaching children about farm life, compassion for animals

Harvesting Alaska: The Learning Farm is teaching children about farm life, compassion for animals

If you’ve got a little one, chances are they’re familiar with our native Alaska wildlife by the time they can talk. However, it may be a different story when it comes to common farm animals. “I’ve brought animals into schools for years and I really found that they know very little about animals, especially farms […]
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Harvesting Alaska: UAF Experiment Farm continues thanks to USDA grant

Harvesting Alaska: UAF Experiment Farm continues thanks to USDA grant

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Experiment Farm is a staple of sustainable food production in Alaska. For 100 years, it has provided vital information to gardeners and farmers about how livestock and plants perform in Alaska’s harsh climates. Located on the west end of UAF’s main campus, the farm includes a herd of 60 reindeer, […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Backyard beekeeping all the buzz in Southcentral

Harvesting Alaska: Backyard beekeeping all the buzz in Southcentral

As people work toward self-sustainability, backyard livestock, like chicken coops, and backyard honey bees are becoming more popular. That’s the buzz at Windy Willow Farm in Palmer. Dena Tanguay started keeping bees 6 years ago when she first heard local honey could help with her allergies. “I’m allergic to just about everything,” Tanguay said. Now, she […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Something’s hatching in Old Harbor

Harvesting Alaska: Something’s hatching in Old Harbor

Old Harbor hugs rugged mountains on the southeast side of Kodiak Island, home to about 200 people who think of themselves as farmers of the sea, not the land. But that’s about to change. The tribal government recently built a chicken coop on a hillside, which staffers regularly check for fresh eggs. “We’re getting about […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Plant Materials Center provides seeds to grow local agriculture

Harvesting Alaska: Plant Materials Center provides seeds to grow local agriculture

Many Alaskans are interested in eating local, but eating local isn’t just about the food we put on the table. It’s also the seed that food is grown from. In Alaska, there is just one certified seed laboratory in the state — the Plant Materials Center in Palmer run by the Division of Agriculture. The center […]
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‘Harvesting Alaska’ wins prestigious James Beard Award

‘Harvesting Alaska’ wins prestigious James Beard Award

The James Beard Foundation announced Tuesday that the KTVA series “Harvesting Alaska” won the prestigious award for “Best Television Segment”. KTVA’s Heather Hintze and Lauren Maxwell, along with producer Gina Romero, former KTVA web editor Jessica Stugelmayer, and former photographer Carolyn Hall earned the accolade for their stories on yak farming in Delta Junction, how […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Herd-shares help people get their goat milk

Harvesting Alaska: Herd-shares help people get their goat milk

The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t recommend drinking raw milk, nor does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But others say raw milk has health benefits that pasteurized milk doesn’t have — and it’s popularity seems to be growing. In Alaska, it’s illegal to sell raw milk, but there is a legal way that […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Apple farmer goes out on a limb to give to others

Harvesting Alaska: Apple farmer goes out on a limb to give to others

There’s just something about a crisp autumn morning. In his Wasilla backyard, Dan Elliott can taste the changing season in any of the 120 types of apples harvested on his property. Some might call him an expert. “It’s hard when you ask for a favorite to come up with less than 10,” Elliott said. Elliott started […]
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Harvesting Alaska: So you want to be a judge of food entries at the fair?

Harvesting Alaska: So you want to be a judge of food entries at the fair?

High up on a plain white wall, the skinny hand of a clock ticked away the seconds, counting down the moments competitors had left to enter their creations. When the time came, the door was shut to the dark and stormy night outside and a small group of 12 judges were assigned to stations around […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Fair competition brings out generations of bakers

Harvesting Alaska: Fair competition brings out generations of bakers

As the deadline neared for the baked goods competition at the 80th annual Alaska State Fair, dozens of people filled Hoskins Hall, eager to drop off their entries. Among them, Teresa Taylor and her box full of goodies: several plates of cookies and a bag of peanut brittle. She and her daughter Heidi Taylor enter […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Blueberry picking brings back fond memories in Unalakleet

Harvesting Alaska: Blueberry picking brings back fond memories in Unalakleet

The tundra outside Unalakleet stretches for miles, blanketed in blue. “There are just berries everywhere this year. They’re so abundant,” said Davida Hanson. On a sunny Friday evening, she and her family headed for the hills near the Norton Sound village to fill their buckets with blueberries. “To bring the kids out here to teach […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Summer produce donations needed at Food Bank of Alaska

Harvesting Alaska: Summer produce donations needed at Food Bank of Alaska

Donations at Food Bank of Alaska are sparse. Entire shelves in the dry pantry are bare. Produce in cold storage is running low. “We’re way down. The storage area is usually full,” said Cara Durr, director of public engagement at the food bank. Produce donations come from various sources including farms, grocery stores and individual […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Ranchers try to meet demand for yak meat

Harvesting Alaska: Ranchers try to meet demand for yak meat

Hand-raised yaks, not in the Himalayas, but the heart of Alaska. “Trina!” Barbara Fithian called out. She knows almost every one of her animals at the Circle F Ranch by name. “Woebegone gets fed with a bottle because his mom didn’t have enough milk,” she explained. Another steer, Drifter, is special to the Fithians. “He’s […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Embracing summer’s end with a taste of bountiful berries

Harvesting Alaska: Embracing summer’s end with a taste of bountiful berries

As summer slowly comes to an end, the fireweed climbs higher on the stalk, the days get a little shorter and the hills and tundra around Alaska come alive with berries. Most weekends in July and August, you’ll find me in the mountains picking blueberries. After work last Friday, my coworker Daniella Rivera and I […]
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Harvesting Alaska: From farm to fiber art in Mat-Su Valley

Harvesting Alaska: From farm to fiber art in Mat-Su Valley

Every day, Michelle Olsen comes home to the soothing sound of bleating sheep. “This is my therapy,” Olsen said of her wooly companions. “When I come home from work, I come out here and I play with my babies and just love them.” Olsen’s Palmer farm is one of many in the Mat-Su Valley contributing […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Fish, berries, veggies and me — all Alaska grown

Harvesting Alaska: Fish, berries, veggies and me — all Alaska grown

I was 7 years old when I caught my first fish. It was during a canoe trip with my family on the Swanson River, somewhere between Sterling and Nikiski. I remember my dad helping me drop a line in a shallow, calm pool. When I looked down I could see dozens of fish swimming; their […]
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Harvesting Alaska: The growing need for young farmers

Harvesting Alaska: The growing need for young farmers

The manager of a Palmer Farm says Alaska needs to attract a younger generation to farming, a field that is rapidly aging, especially as the demand for local food continues to grow. Megan Talley says the typical Alaskan farmer is someone in their late 50s. “I think it’s 58, 59? That’s the average age,” said […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Smoked salmon, versatile and better than candy

Harvesting Alaska: Smoked salmon, versatile and better than candy

I start to feel like Bubba from “Forrest Gump” when I talk to people about all of the ways we prepare those fresh, Kenai River sockeye salmon stuffing the chest freezer in my little Spenard home. There’s baked salmon, grilled salmon, sweet and spicy salmon, salty and sweet salmon, jalapeño and parmesan salmon, salmon sweet […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Garden to bowl, a soup kitchen nourishes the hungry

Harvesting Alaska: Garden to bowl, a soup kitchen nourishes the hungry

The downtown soup kitchen has the ultimate urban garden. Dozens of boxes and planters are tucked into every corner of its rooftop and flourishing with local greens. “We have several different kinds of kale, Swiss chard and lots of parsley,” Martha Jokela listed off. Jokela is a master gardener and a regular volunteer at the […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Arugula adds zip to any meal

Harvesting Alaska: Arugula adds zip to any meal

I plant many of my flower starts in February. Digging around in the dirt awakens a strong craving for fresh arugula. I want to fast forward through the rest of winter to get a taste of the strong, robust greens. Fortunately, the cold-hardy plants grow quickly. I’m close to harvesting my first batch and will […]
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Harvesting Alaska: CSAs offer fresh, healthy produce and convenience

Harvesting Alaska: CSAs offer fresh, healthy produce and convenience

Refrigerators are full for about 90 families who buy from Arctic Organics farm in Palmer. For these folks, summer is officially here. “This is what tells me that summer starts, it doesn’t matter what temperature it is, or what the sky is like, this is the beginning of summer,” says Peg Faithful, who’s been a customer […]
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Harvesting Alaska: High tunnels protect environment, spur sustainability in the Last Frontier

Harvesting Alaska: High tunnels protect environment, spur sustainability in the Last Frontier

Kathryn Fritz came to Alaska from Oregon on contract as a speech and language therapist. She made a commitment to stay after meeting her husband. There was one catch. She needed fresh produce. “If I can’t find a way to grow things, I don’t want to live here,” she said. Produce in Alaska is much […]
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Harvesting Alaska: Making the most of early season veggies

Harvesting Alaska: Making the most of early season veggies

The growing and harvest seasons are always my favorite time of year because it seems that everyone is talking about food as much as I normally do. Everything is fresh and green, which gets people excited about cooking again. With a bountiful summer crop, my friends and family (and anyone who will listen) hear me parrot […]
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