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GUSTAVUS GROWN SHOP HOURS: SATURDAYS 12:30- 4 pm 

WEDNESDAYS: 12:30 - 4 pm

Gustavus, Alaska

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We provide:

pepper starts, Alaska Grown

STARTS

We begin planting seeds in March in order to sell starts around mid-May. We have an array of vegetables and herb varieties that do well in Southeast Alaska.

Carrot Seeds, Alaska Grown

SEEDS

When conditions allow we save our own seeds. 

And we sell organic seeds appropriate for Southeast Alaska's cool growing season.

potting soil

ORGANIC GARDEN SUPPLIES

We sell row cover, bioplastic, potting soil, cowpots, seeds, organic fertilizers, fish compost, fish fertilizer, bird netting, electric fencing.

And organic poultry feed.

We have the basics to grow your best garden!


Special Orders accepted.

fireweed honey

Supporting other small farms

Supporting other small farms is a priority, our shop prioritizes local Alaska Grown products and unique products from family farms committed to regenerative agriculture

Contrarian Agrarians

Jen and Larry are avid gardeners who have grown all the vegetables we consume for more than 20 years. For many of those years our garden was in a small valley outside of Fairbanks, where the already painfully short summers were cruelly truncated by cold air settling in the valley bottom on still days.

Some years we experienced frost every month of the year. We were forced to considerable lengths to keep our garden vibrant.

Having moved to the far more convivial climes of Gustavus ten years ago, we’ve been pleased with the longer growing season and permafrost free soils. Jen’s zeal at new growing opportunities quickly swelled our garden to the point that we began selling produce in 2015.

Jen studied Sustainable Agriculture at Sterling College , currently recognized as the top college in the nation for serving food that’s local, sustainable, humane, and fair trade. From there she worked on organic and biodynamic farms across the country until settling in Alaska where she has continued to keep her hands in the soil, working for years with John & Jo Papp at Papps’ Produce where potato varieties abounded, and whose legacy now is continued by their daughter at Bender Mountain Farm

beets
carrot

Our lone foray into inorganic chemicals:   with perhaps undue relish, Larry sprays a dilute ammonia solution directly on each of Satan’s minions, THE SLUG!

Our Growing Practices

Thanks to the small farm friendly folks at the USDA, we are not allowed to use the most common and obvious adjective to describe our growing practices without paying through the nose, so we shall describe them instead and let you fill in the blanks. We employ many of the standard practices of the aforementioned unmentionable word to keep our soils healthy and productive, to-wit:

  • Living near the bountiful waters of Icy Strait makes it much easier to build soil fertility without exogenous inputs. We mix a couple tons of seaweed/leaf mixture into the beds in the spring, and add more as a top dressing in the summer.  We utilize fish waste to build soil fertility.

  • We build a couple sizable compost piles each year. We mix modest amounts of fish waste in the center of the pile, for enhanced nutrients and fertility.

  • We use ash from the wood stove to sweeten the soil.

  • The beds are covered with leaves in the fall.

  • Jen has designed year round outdoor vermi-bins. Temps in the worm bin have stayed between 60F (great) to 100 degrees F (yikes too warm), even during long cold spells.

  • We spray an active aerated compost tea onthe soil and plants. Agronomic research in recent years has revealed the critical role that microorganisms play in making soil nutrients available to plants. We highly recommend the book Teaming with Microbes by Jef Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis,which does a good job of explaining the science for the lay person and describing thesimple steps that can bring the magic to your garden.

  • Farm Photos

    Our progress over time

    big tree

    Spring 2013, clearing for the greenhouse

    turning sod

    2013:  Making bed with shovels and pulaski

    Hand tools get the job done with patience and persistence, spring 2013

    2013 garden

    A work in progress: 11 beds 30 feet long were enough to provide us with enough greens, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, parsnips, and preserves for the year.

    greehouse 2014

    So excited to have a greenhouse!


    We use polycarbonate for the roof.  And scavenged large double pane glass windows repurposed into single pane windows.

    2014 garden

    2014: Greenhouse Construction and Garden Expansion

    Looking more like a garden, we started selling small amount of excess produce.  Fenced to keep moose from dining on our luscious greens.

    2014 greenhouse

    Greenhouse interior 2014.  Rainwater is passively collected into 50 gallon barrels.

    2015 garden

    Looking more like a garden!

    2015 orchard

    2015: More Garden Expansion

    Our young orchard produces its first apples.  Also red and black currants maturing nicely.

    herb garden beginnings

    Humble beginnings for the herb garden

    Alaska Grown apples

    Looking more like a garden!

    2016 garden

    2016: Enjoying the Fruits of our Labors

    and Garden Expansion Continues

    The garden now provides a years worth of produce for our use and we expand our produce market in Gustavus.

    herb garden progress
    chicory flower

    Herb garden slow expansion

    continued growth


    Alaska Grown apples

    The orchard continues to expand.


    And present challenges in our wet climate.

    Alaska Grown Raspberries

    2021: Continuing to Enjoy the Fruits of our Labors

    The garden provides a years worth of produce for ourselves.  We market our produce in Gustavus and Juneau.  Our herb are sold in Gustavus, Juneau, and Sitka.



    We are grateful for the enthusiastic support!

    duck work crew

    The labor crew. 


    Our ducks are always eager to inspect new projects, patrol for slugs, provide fertility services, and unending entertainment!

    We have signed the safe seed pledge:

    "Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative. We pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants.The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities."