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Homer Grown
Saturdays at 11 a.m. (Seasonal)

Homer Grown is a locally produced gardening show  exploring gardening, agriculture, and local producers. Every other Saturday at 11am with host Desiree Hagen.

  • This season on Homer Grown, with the assistance of the Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism, we are exploring rural agriculture throughout the state. For this episode we travel to Nome.
  • The topic is flowers. Rachel Lord of Alaska Stems discusses the business of cut flowers. We also visit Teena Garay’s garden off of West Hill. Teena has collected seed from other countries with a similar climate to Homer and propagates rare perennial flowers and shrubs.
  • For this episode, host Desiree Hagen travels to Kotzebue to interview the author, Seth Kantner. He is the author of five books focused primarily on the Northwest Arctic. He also runs the Maniilaq Gardening project which serves seven villages along the Kobuk River. He has been gardening in the Arctic for about five decades.
  • Every year Homer Grown produces an episode about Soils. In anticipation of a trip to Kotzebue to conduct interviews with Arctic gardeners, we thought it was important to understand what is happening below the surface in Northern climates. Our guests are Glenna Gannon, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Extension. She is also part of Permafrost Grown, a 5 year study on permafrost's relation to farming. And we talk with Monica Kopp the Ag Program Coordinator for Homer Soil and Water Conservation District about ice formations unique to Arctic environments.
  • In case you weren’t aware— gardening is for everyone, no matter your age or physical limitations. This episode focuses on programs that support inclusivity.
  • With much of Alaska on high alert for a fire, forestry is a hot topic. For the latest episode of Homer Grown, host Desiree Hagen interviewed Mitch Michaud about forest ecology and a new reforestation project in the Soldotna Area. John Winters, newly retired forester from the Division of Forestry, is the other guest. He talked about forest stewardship, creating defensible space around your home, and things you thought you knew- but somehow missed, about spruce bark beetles.
  • Spring is finally here! If you are like most people you are probably gearing up for the upcoming gardening season, which means you will most likely visit your local greenhouse for plant starts or potting soil. But have you ever wondered where these items come from?
  • For the final episode of Homer Grown's 2nd season, we interview the last member of the Fox River Cattlemen's Association, Mark Marette.
  • Our second installment of Homer Grown's series on the Fox River Cattlemen features Otto Kilcher and Akaky Martushev. They discuss some of the challenges with raising cattle at the head of Kachemak Bay, "supernatural" qualities of cows and the pseudoscience of why ravens chase hawks. We had a long list of cattle-themed sequel names. The title of this episode is a reference to the 1984 movie Breakin'2: Electric Boogaloo. The Wikipedia entry for Breakin' 2 noted: 'the subtitle "Electric Boogaloo"... has entered the popular culture lexicon as a snowclone nickname to denote an archetypal sequel. '
  • For this episode we interview Chris Rainwater for part one of a two part episode featuring the four members of the Fox River Cattlemen's Association. Chris about homesteading at the head of the bay (the land he refers to as "where god lost her shoes"), a history of the Cattlemen's Association, and some of the current struggles facing the cattlemen.