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  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Shrimping in Prince William Sound

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 17, 8:08

    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

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 03, 9:29

      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

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 19, 15:50

    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

    by Heather Hintze on Jun 05, 11:39

    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

    by Rachael Penton on May 22, 9:17

    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

    by Eric Ruble on May 07, 15:56

    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

    by Shannon Ballard on May 01, 10:32

    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

    by Rhonda McBride on Apr 17, 12:07

    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

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 03, 10:30

    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

    by Gina Romero on Mar 15, 14:40

    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

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 14:04

    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

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 12, 12:35

    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?

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Aug 30, 16:56

    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

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 29, 10:25

    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

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 22, 12:33

    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

    by Gina Romero on Aug 11, 15:21

    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

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 08, 8:26

    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

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 04, 16:46

    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

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 01, 13:48

    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

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 22, 8:38

    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 […]