Mat-Su Farm Tours teach lessons in Alaska agriculture
When it comes to tours of Alaska the options are abundant, but the focus of a new tourism business isn’t glaciers or reindeer, but agriculture.
“It’s about general education to the public and getting to teach people from both in the state and Outside all about the diversity of agriculture here in Alaska,” Margaret Adsit, founder of Alaska Farm Tours said.
There’s a growing interest, in the state, of people wanting to know where their food comes from, according to Adsit.
Her company hosts farm tours three times a week, but on Thursday she teamed up with the Mat-Su Farm Bureau for something special. A group of 53 Alaskans spent the day in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough going from farm to farm.
The six stop tour sought to educate Alaska consumers about their food and introduce them to the farmers that grow it.
At each destination, farmers gave a short presentation and answered questions. Tour participant Mary Smith says eating is more than just consuming calories. She wants to know the story behind her food.
“Farming in Alaska really requires an incredible amount of innovation so you know each farm is going to have a really unique approach to production and overcoming obstacles,” Smith said.
A portion of Alaska Farm Tours profits go to participating farms and local nonprofits that support agriculture.
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