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The intriguing world of Chaga

My podcast with Callen Christensen was super informative!  I learned so much. Not only about his work with AFFECT program and Hydroponics, but his passion for Chaga. Chaga mushroom is a fungus that grows primarily on birch trees in cold climates. Chaga mushroom is a type of fungus that grows mainly on the bark of

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Support for Proposition 2

Proposition 2 is on the ballot for upcoming elections on Oct 3, 2023.  It provides for total tax exemption for farm buildings in the borough. However, the caveat is that these farmers and growers have to derive at least 10% of their income from their farm activities.  Farm building must be used only for growing,

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A great step towards encouraging farming and addressing food security.

On June 22, 2023, Assemblywoman Savannah Fletcher sponsored an Ordinance that would ask Fairbanks North Star Borough voters to vote on property tax exemption for agricultural building. The ballot will have this ordinance for voters on October 3, 2023. This ballot measure will grant property tax exemption on structures that are used for farming activity.

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Beekeeping in Interior Alaska

This is third in the series of articles focusing on growing food in interior Alaska. Beekeeping is a labor of love, it is expensive and very unpredictable in Alaska, especially with our changing summer weather patterns. And it is not for me! I am extremely cautious around bees and have been stung a few times

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Grow Food Alaska

Growing Food in Interior Alaska

This is first of the series of articles focusing on growing food in interior Alaska. At best it is a challenge.  Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska, and is known for short, sunny summers and long, harsh winters.  outdoor growing season to be from early June to mid-to-late August. Some years the weather

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The Consummate Gardner

From a very young age, I watched my dad fuss around with house plants.  He always had a selection of house plants that he tended to, and it was obvious, he enjoyed tending to his many plants.  These were a variety of plants that were available to him in India, where I grew up.  He

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