Greg and Weatherly Bates operate Alaska Shellfish Farm, which produces and sells oysters and mussels and recently expanded into the kelp market.
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and partners have released the registration for a Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program to be held for Alaska residents interested in starting their own seaweed farm in Alaska.
UAF graduate student Eva Burk is helping rural communities develop a plan to utilize local resources to improve food security.
Governor Mike Dunleavy welcomed the news, stating, “After conducting a thorough, multi-year public process, the Forest Service has once again acknowledged that this onerous rule has imposed an unfair burden on our state.”
The funds will allow the Alaska Tilth program to purchase Mat-Su farmers’ produce at fair market prices and in turn offer that produce to communities of need via the UAF Cooperative Extension’s SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education services.
Shoppers can stop by the daily farm stand Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to purchase fresh-picked produce and cottage goods.