May 2019: Early edibles and growth in agriculture

May 19, 2019

Goose tongue (plantago maritima)

Join this month's Kenai Garden Talk to celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day, get a jump on local foods with a look at some spring harvestables and hear about an initiative to offer more agriculture opportunities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Information from this episode:

Wild plant guides:

  • “Discovering Wild Plants: Alaska, Western Canada, The Northwest,” by Janice Schofield Eaton
  • “The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North,” by Beverley Gray
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough parcel viewer www.kpb.us/gis-dept/

    Gardening calendar:

  • The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual plant sale May 18 through 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Three Bears in Kenai.

  • The Central Peninsula Garden Club has workshops happening today, as well. Coming up at 1 p.m., Carey Matney with the Cooperative Extension Service will teach a class on pest control for your garden. And at 2 p.m., learn how to make tomato buckets with Don St. John. Call Donna at 907-420-0480. There are more workshops coming up June 22, August 24, September 14 and October 12. You can sign up for those on the club’s website, www.cenpengardenclub.org.

  • There’s a Grow Your Greens workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. May 19 at Winter Greens Organic Gardens in Kasilof. There’s a $25 fee, which gets you instruction and materials to start your own greens to take home. Call 907-398-8907 for more information and to sign up.

  • The Alaska Food Hub is open for the season. It’s an online marketplace for locally grown products. Order pickup is 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cook Inletkeeper office in the Mattress Ranch mall on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. For more information, visit www.alaskafoodhub.org.

  • The Alaska Farm Bureau and Alaska Farmers Market Association are offering a webinar on “The Key to Cooperatives,” gaining skills for success and sustainability.” It’s held from 8 to 9 a.m. May 30.  You can find out more about that on the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District page on Facebook.

  • It is just about farmers market season on the peninsula. The Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 through Sept. 28, on the corner of East Corral Avenue and the Kenai Spur Highway. The Soldotna Wednesday Market opens June 5, with live music and vendors available all afternoon at Soldotna Creek Park. The Kenai Saturday Market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from June through Labor Day. And the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Farmers Market will happen again this year at the food bank on K-Beach Road. They’re open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays starting in June.