Homer Grown

From 'Homergrown:' Winterizing livestock

Nov 30, 2020
Blood Sweat and Food Farms

As winter tightens its grip on the Lower Peninsula, we learn how one local pasture-land livestock farm takes care of its critters as the season turns cold, on the last episode of the year of “Homer Grown with Desiree Hagen.”
    Eyrn Young and Beau Burgess are two of the owners of Blood, Sweat, and Food Farms on East End Road.

With overnight temperatures down into the freezing zone, it’s safe to say fall will soon give way to winter. And one important consideration for growers is what to do with any extra water in their catchment systems. Kyra Wagoner addressed that on this week’s “Homer Grown” with Desiree Hagen.
    “So when you have a fancy irrigation system, or old rain barrels or watering cans, or you don't want to see your hoses all rendered useless, try your best to get everything drained before that freeze starts kicking in,” she said.


The old adage “make hay while the sun shines,” is fine for locations that don’t have a lot of overcast and summer rain, but what does it mean for farmers on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, where summer sunshine has traditionally been a rare commodity?


On Saturday’s edition of “Homer Grown” with Desiree Hagen, we heard some tips for preserving this summer’s bounty through fermentation. Yes, fermentation -- it’s not just for sauerkraut any more.
    In Homer Grown’s “Tech Minute,” Nicole Arevalo of the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District suggested fermenting in crockery, whether vintage and found at a garage sale, or newly purchased from a potter locally.
    She said if using vintage crock pots, make sure to check them for safety.

Homer Grown, Episode 5: Saving Water

Jul 26, 2020
Mike Gracz

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

This week we talk about local hydrology and tactics for saving water.

We speak with Don McNamara co-owner and operator of Oceanside Farm about rain catchment systems for high tunnels and methods to better utilize water in your garden or farm.

Local hydrologist Mike Gracz outlines how to construct an extensive rain catchment system for your home or farm operation and talks about local wetland hydrology.

This week on Homer Grown: Peonies

Jul 12, 2020
Homer Grown

On this latest episode of Homer Grown hosted by Desiree Hagen: the topic is peonies.

We talk about the past, present and future of peony cultivation on the Southern Kenai Pennisula

Our Guests are:

Allison Gaylord, of Willow Drive Gardens and founding member of the Alaska Beauty Peony Co-Op

Beth Van Sandt of Scenic Place Peonies

and Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peonies

and Kyra Wagner introduces a tool used by both peony growers and farmers to aid in their cold storage systems

Homer Grown Episode 3: Pollinators

Jun 28, 2020
Gail Hampshire, WikiCommons

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

Master Gardener, author and owner of Gardens by Design Brenda Adams talks pollinator gardens.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge entomologist Matt Bowser discusses Native Pollinators and Alaskan insects.

Kyra Wagner provides our tech minute introducing a common household item that can be repurposed into a tool for pollination.

Homer Soil and Water Conservation District's Katherine Schake addresses the relationship between pollinators and invasive plants.

This week on Homer Grown: Soils

Jun 14, 2020
Homer Grown

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

Emily Garrity of Twitter Creek Gardens talks about bio-intensive agriculture and the benefits of minimal till gardening.

Soil Scientist Doug Van Patton and Homer Soil and Water's Brad Casar dig deep into the soils of Kachemek Bay. 

Kyra Wagner introduces useful tools to help work your soil.

Homer Grown

Homer Grown focuses on  farming, agriculture, and everything that grows locally.
This week:
Carey Restino of Homer Hilltop Farm on seed starting and transplanting,
a Tech Minute with Brad Casar about the merits of Soil Blockers
and a chat about Invasive European Bird Cherries and Chokecherries with Katherine Shake and Nicole Arevelo from Homer Soil and Water.