Our Farmers

We work closely with over twenty local farmers around the Mat-Su Valley and beyond. Our farms range from hundreds of acres to just an acre or two. All are locally owned and operated by hardworking Alaskans. Get to know some of your local farmers below. 

Harvest Point Farm

Matt Hale and his wife Ginny have been farming for 4 years. They started Harvest Point farm because they were looking for a lifestyle change and to create a well-rounded, healthy place for their children to grow up. They grow a variety of vegetables both in heated greenhouses and outside in their fields, including lots of spring mix and strawberries! They use sustainable farming techniques and never use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. 

Three Ladybugs Farm

Owner Garnet Knopp made a big career change when he decided to become a full time (and first time) farmer in 2018. He dubbed the farm Three Ladybugs to symbolize his three young daughters. Utilizing some land and lots of expertise from his third generation farmer in-laws, he turned over three acres of fallow farmland into a thriving vegetable farm. He grows crops like beans, peas, spinach, beets, spring mix, & zucchini, using as few chemical inputs as possible & helps his in-laws with their potato harvest. 

Spring Creek Farm

Spring Creek Farm is a working production and educational farm on Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg campus in Palmer. Their aim is “to create an economically viable space for hands-on learning.” They are committed to using sustainable growing techniques to grow a diverse variety of vegetables. A portion of what they grow is donated to the Alaska Tilth Project, a program that provides education about healthy, affordable eating to families in need.

Stockwell Farm

Vern Stockwell grew up on a 600 acre farm in South Dakota and his wife Becky Gardner is from the Midwest, although not from a farming family. They moved from Anchorage to Palmer in 2001 with their three children to turn their urban gardening habit into a full-fledged farm. They now grow a variety of vegetables on their 5 acres and use only use organic inputs on their farm. They partner with Colony Next Step to bring young adults with disabilities to work on the farm, inspired by the desire to help others like their son, who has Down syndrome.

Vanderweele Farms

Ben & Suus VanderWeele immigrated from the Netherlands to Alaska in 1967 and began farming in Palmer soon thereafter. Ben is a 10th generation farmer and all three of his grown children have followed in his footsteps, returning to help run the farm. They are one of the larger farms in the valley, with around 200 acres under cultivation; close to half being in potatoes. In addition, they also grow large amounts of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, plus a handful of other items.   

Bushes Bunches

Bruce Bush is a third generation farmer, growing on land passed down to him from his father. He has several 10s of acres scattered around Palmer, where he grows mainly potatoes, rhubarb, and summer squash, with a smattering of other specialty items. His popular Bushes Bunches Farm Stand, which he runs with his wife Vicki, is a staple source of local produce in the Palmer community. 

Acme Greenhouses

Acme Greenhouses is run by Bill Garrison—farmer and auto body shop owner, he is a man of many talents. He specializes in growing premium quality beefsteak and cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Everything is grown hydroponically in large, heated greenhouses. The additional heat allows him to start plants early and have produce late into the season. He uses bumblebees to pollinate his plants and no chemical pesticides are used once the plants have set fruit.

Blood, Sweat & Food Farms

Blood Sweat & Food Farms in Homer was founded by four friends who believe in one thing: great food! They raise pastured hogs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkey, and believe that happy and healthy critters and plants are essential ingredients for happy, healthy people. Their great food starts with great soil created by utilizing animals as nature intended. Both for thing like eating pests and weeds, to the wonderful brown stuff that comes out the other end. That’s right, that manure is a precious resource that helps make their soil so healthy and fertile. 

Dart AM Farm

The Dart family has been farming in Manley Hot Springs since the 1950s. John Dart, the current owner, has over 40 years experience farming the land, which he eventually  purchased from his uncle and is now farming full time. They grow a wide variety of produce in natural soil irrigated with geothermal water. This mineral water is high in calcium which aids in plant development and flavor. The added warmth extends their growing season considerably and makes it easier for them to grow warmer weather crops.

Bushes Greenhouse

Michelle runs the family greenhouse just up the road from the Bushes Bunches Farm Stand in Palmer. She is primarily a bedding plant nursery, but also specializes in a few vegetable crops like winter squash, artichokes, cucumbers, and leafy greens. She has been farming for close to 30 years, mostly selling at farmers markets until recently. She has now been transitioning to more wholesale customers in order to streamline sales and be able to spend more time in the garden. 

Glacier Valley Farm

Produce manager turned farmer Arthur Keyes got his start in farming after marrying into the Vanderweele Farm family in Palmer. Glacier Valley Farm sprouted just down the road from the Vanderweele’s where Arthur specializes in cucumbers, zucchini, and more recently, his own brand of onions--Yenesis. He also started the South Anchorage Farmers Market and is currently the Director of the Division of Agriculture where he continues working to support Alaskan agriculture. 

Elliot Orchards

Dan Elliot operates a small orchard in his back yard growing close to 100 varieties of apples. Almost every root stock has been grafted with a different variety, making each walk through his orchard a lesson in new types of apples! The range of colors, sizes and flavors is something to experience. A member of the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association, part of his goal is to help educate about and promote the growing of fruit trees in Alaska.

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Acme Greenhouses

 

Bill Garrison has mastered the art of growing the sweetest, most delicious beefsteak and cherry tomatoes you have ever tasted! Bill is not your typical farmer--also running an auto body shop with the same name, he is a man of many talents. He grows hydroponically in a large greenhouse, planting seeds in February and producing tomatoes until November with the help of additional heat.

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