Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 7:24 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Making a good case for self-reliant community food production

On Saturday, April 2, several members of Homer Grange attended the Kenai Agricultural Forum, an informative conference presented by the Kenai Peninsula RC&D District and attended by a wide variety of farmers, gardeners, ranchers and peony growers. All agree that rising fuel and food prices make an urgent case for self-reliant community food production.

The good news is that prospects for food security in Alaska are encouraging as more Alaskans extend the growing season by building greenhouses and covering plant beds with plastic and glass to warm the soil. The work of farmer Tim Meyers of Meyers Farm in Bethel, Alaska is exemplary; Google him and see his underground chickens and covered row crops. Last year he provided tons of potatoes and cabbages for Bethel.

Homer Grange members testified at Homer's Legislative Information Office on Saturday, April 9, on behalf of House Bill 93, which provides matching grants for school gardens, greenhouses and farms.

We urge you to contact your legislators asking them to pass HB 93.

Homer Grange encourages the people of the Kenai Peninsula to grow food this year. Historically, the National Grange was founded to heal America's bitter divisions after the Civil War by bringing people together around the common bond of agriculture. In the 20th century, the Grange was instrumental in founding 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America). Now promoting Alaska agriculture, Homer Grange meets today at 6 p.m. at the Homer Public Library. If you want to grow food and need help, advice, seeds and encouragement, you are cordially invited to attend and network with the Homer Grange. We always serve a potluck of healthy foods.

Let's grow the harvest of our dreams this year.

Lindianne Sarno,

Wes Schacht

and Michael Glasgow