Homer Soil and Water Conservation District

Homer Grown

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

We talk to Lori and Wayne Jenkins of Synergy Gardens and Brad Casar of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District about cover cropping, succession planting and the importance and value of the famer within sustainable agriculture.

Homer Soil and Waters' Katherine Schake and Kyra Wagner perform a skit regarding invasive species mitigation questions.

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.

 

Homer Farmers Market

This week:  not just why, but where and how to buy local in Homer this summer.
Guests:
Robbi Mixon, Alaska Food Hub, Homer Farmers Market and Alaska Farmers Market Association Director
Kyra Wagner, Homer Soil & Water District Manager
Emily Garrity from Twitter Creek Gardens  

Wikimedia Commons

Kachemak Science attended the Alaska Invasive Species Workshop, November 13 - 15 at Lands End in Homer. Hear the highlights:  Chris Rainwater delivers a history of invasives in Homer, Seth Spencer and Shawna Bautista have a conversation on hawkweed and Mathew Barnes makes the case for invasivorism.
Click on the links below for full presentations from the workshop.

 

Bretwood Higman groundtruthtrekking.org

Kachemak Science takes you to Taan Fiord and Grewingk Lake this month with geologist, Bretwood Higman,  documentarian, Bjorn Olsen and Nat Herz from Alaska's Energy Desk.  Kyra Wagner from the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District connects producers and consumers of local food.  And, scientists from NOAA Fisheries and Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College convene for a report on this month's Belugas Count! event.

Courtesy of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District

Residents in Homer will soon be able to receive help combating invasive weeds. Homer Soil and Water Conservation District is collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide technical assistance to Kenai Peninsula landowners to help protect native plants and animals.

Conservation district Natural Resource Specialist Matt Steffy said invasive weeds can disrupt the balance of native ecosystems, and they can threaten one of the most cherished recourses in Alaska: salmon habitat.