Alaska Agriculture

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs provide a direct connection to how and where food is produced. The consumer can invest directly in a local farm, and help build regional food security. Members regularly collect their share of fresh, local, and seasonal produce.

Southcentral

Various Locations –  Arctic Harvest
Palmer, Anchorage – Spring Creek Farm
Palmer – Seeds & Soil Farm
KENAI PENINSULA – Alaska Food Hub
Homer- Synergy Gardens, Homer Hilltop Farm, Twitter Creek Gardens

Kenai -Ridgeway Farms

Interior

Fairbanks – Calypso Farm & Ecology Center
Fairbanks/Ester – Bender Mountain Farm


What Is A Food Hub?

100% locally grown and harvested produce, seafood & more from your community

Producers list available items for sale on the online marketplace
You order from a virtual farmers market
Pick up in a central location
Repeat next cycle! 

Alaska Food Hub – Homer, Seldovia, Soldotna, and Ninilchik
Salt and Soil Marketplace – Juneau 
Kodiak Harvest Food Co-op – Kodiak

Ben VanderWeele checks seedlings prior to planting on the first day of planting in May 2020 on VanderWeele Farm in Palmer Alaska. Photo courtesy VanderWeele Farms LLC.


Did you know… Greenhouse and nursery crops are the fastest-growing segment of Alaska’s agricultural industry.

Chena Fresh Gardens
Juneau Greens
Kale n’ Thyme
Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

…and The USDA High Tunnel System Initiatives subsidizes the cost of unheated greenhouses


Plan your meals with the
AFMA Alaska Seasonal Meal Planner


We work across Alaska to keep farmers farming on our most viable agricultural soils.

The Alaska Farmland Trust envisions a future with thriving local food markets that will give Alaskans access to fresh, healthy food, and keep our farmers farming. 
www.akfarmland.com


Alaska Farmers Market Association

Benefits of farmers markets have experienced a renaissance throughout the nation, and have begun to spring up all over Alaska. While our short growing season and cold climate offer many challenges to our farmers, farmers’ markets are thriving across Alaska.

To support and promote vibrant and sustainable farmers markets throughout Alaska   
www.alaskafarmersmarkets.org


Alaska Mariculture

Marine aquaculture is increasing economic opportunities for coastal communities through the farming of shellfish and seaweed:

Pacific oysters, seaweed, blue mussels, sea cucumbers, geoducks, and blue and red king crab. 

The Alaska Mariculture Task Force has established a goal of developing a $100 million mariculture industry by 2036

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) holding the Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program for Alaska residents interested in starting their own seaweed farm in Alaska. 

Alaska Kelp Farming: A New Sustainable Seafood Opportunity
by NOAA Fisheries

Featuring Barnacle Foods in Juneau

Alaska Livestock

Including domestic or captive animals (bison, cattle, elk, reindeer, swine) and wild hoofed mammals (caribou, deer, moose, and other wild game), about 15% of the red meat consumed in Alaska is produced within the state.

Food in Alaska – Alaska Food Policy Council

The Porthole

Alaska Beauty Peony Cooperative

Foraged & Found

The Great Alaskan Cattle Drive

Alaska Salmon Co.

Fox Sauce LLC

Resources:

Food Security in Alaska – July 2014
Alaska AG Facts — Beef to Live  – Feb 2021:
Food in Alaska – Alaska Food Policy Council – 2012
Alaska Economic Trends – Alaska Dept of Labor – March 2020
Alaska Agriculture Stats – USDA – 2018
NOAA Fisheries
High Tunnel System Initiative – USDA- 2021
Food & Environment Reporting Network – May 2020