We are an off-grid small scale homestead farm located in the beautiful Matanuska Valley in Alaska. We grow enough food to feed our family year round, run a small CSA, sell to restaurants, and at the Spenard Farmers Market every Saturday from May-September.
We rely heavily on root cellar storage, traditional food preservation techniques, hunting, fishing, berries and wild plants. Chickens are used for egg production, composting and preparing land for agriculture. Bees are kept and cared for to promote pollination and to collect beeswax for herbal medicine. Honey is used for mead, wine and kombucha.
Our small-scale-hands-on-non-industrial growing technique includes: no-till, broad-forking, succession planting, companion planting, crop rotation, feeding the living soils through composting, compost tea and cover crops. All food is grown and processed by Allie and Jed with a few helping hands through the season. We focus on simple, low-cost methods of living using ingenuity. Examples are chain saw milling, recycling and salvaging building materials.