Seed Saving

Oh the joy!

We are still in the middle of winter in Alaska…but that is not stopping us. We are on the seed starting cycle. Every week and a half, 560 seeds are started. What does seed starting have to do with seed saving?

Last year, we grew edible and sellable sweet corn outside. We planted in polycultures, increased our soil organic matter and managed our microclimates.

OUTDOOR GROWN ALASKA CORN!

There are not a lot of folks growing corn outside, so we didn’t need to worry about isolation distance (corn is wind pollinated and varieties need to be separated by at least 1,000 ft).

We crossed two different sweet corn varieties that we had grown in the past. We saved the seed and this is our first year planting trial.

Some folks would say that corn should only be direct sow and that they do not like to be transplanted. We have not had that experience….we start our corn early and apply environmental pressures to the transplants (cold temperatures and wind) early on.

Our hope is that we can produce a hardy seed that can be grown so we all can enjoy Alaska Grown Sweet Corn.

Permaculture in the North

FREE CLASS! Permaculture in Northern Climates- An Introduction. In honor of Earth Day, please join us as we explore the development of agricultural ecologies that are sustainable and self-managing. We will learn how to apply strategies to our unique Alaskan Environment! Please bring a pencil and a notepad! Please email: seedsandsoilorganics@gmail.com to let us know you will be attending!

Arctic Permaculture Garden Series

 

Our series is Full! Thank you Everyone!

 

All of our presentations are available online after the live class takes place!

Our policy: If you are unable to attend a “live” class but have made payment, we will provide the online presentation and credit your account $5.00 towards a future course.

 

Online Presentations

Unable to come to the live class? Presentations are tailored so they can be viewed online. Questions are welcomed!

$10.00

Growth

Spring can feel so very far away when you live in the Far North. For most other folks around the country, spring is only WEEKS away. As Alaskans, we know we have several months before we see the Birch begin to bud.

This time of year is an excellent time to look over seed catalogs, browse gardening books at the library and dream of warm summer days. As we take advantage of our rest period,  we just wanted to share our thoughts on seed purchases…..

Open pollinated, heirloom and organic varieties have proven their value not only in yields but also in diversity. We need to preserve the seed diversity that exists and hopefully we can save our own seeds. Saving seed benefits not only our families and our food, but our communities.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We have grown everything from watermelons (not very big ones) to yin/yang shelled beans (outside, in Alaska, without season extenders).

We want to share as much information with our communities so that we all have access to healthy food crops.

Our goal is growth!

Arctic Permaculture Garden Series- FULL

Payment options listed below!

 

$150.00 for the entire Series: This includes all 10 classes, The Seed Starting Class (72 seed starts of 12 different varieties and 3 Artichoke Transplants).

March 29, 2018: Permaculture Design/Site Analysis/Microclimates: $15.00

We will send you the online version of this class. It is very in depth!

We will learn how to locate the perfect placement for a new garden or enhance the design of an existing one. By applying the fundamental Permaculture design process, we will locate the existing microclimates on your property. Defining microclimates increases the diversity of food crops we can grow in the Arctic.

April 12, 2018: Soil: The Food Web/Types/Properties: $15.00

This class is located at the Annex in Palmer! 247 S. Alaska Street.

Healthy soil is the foundation for healthy food crops. Come and learn as we venture “below” and learn how to care for the delicate yet persistent soil food web. We will learn cost effective ways to determine our soil type, pH, texture and tilth.

April 26, 2018: Seed Starting: We provide the seeds and the soil: $35.00

This class is located at the Annex in Palmer! 247 S. Alaska Street.

We supply the seeds and the soil! Organic, Heirloom and open pollinated varieties. Everyone will go home with at least 72 seed starts. Starting seeds can extend the growing season 4-6 weeks! Learn how to provide your starts the nutrition and care they need.

May 10, 2018: Prepare for Planting: Mulch/Water: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

Food growing spaces need preparation before direct sow or transplanting. Knowing the steps and the systems to install early in the season will save us time (so we can fish)! Following several Permaculture techniques, we will explore all the benefits that mulch ha stop offer. Most mulch material we can obtain for free! Water is a critical resource especially in the dry summers under the midnight sun. We will learn how to use water catchment in our growing spaces.

May 24, 2018: Transplanting: Hardening Off/Compost: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

Right around this time everyone is ready to set those beautiful starts outside….NOT YET! Transplants need a gradual introduction to the Summer Sun. We make the hardening off process easy. In this class we will also explore composting in depth with free recipes and how to guides to ensure a safe and healthy compost.

June 7, 2018: Greenhouse Gardening: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

We play the role of Mother Nature when we grow in the greenhouse. Learn expert tips of proper humidity, water, amendments and hand pollination.

June 21, 2018: Soil Amendments/Integrative Pest Management: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

Feed the soil web! We will make our own fertilizers! Integrating beneficial insects into our garden reduces the need to use pesticides!

July 12, 2018: Plant Health: Vitality: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

What is wrong with my plant? We will explore plant deficiencies and how to correct them. Its not too late to save your crop!

July 26, 2018: Season Extenders/Cover Crops: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

Season extenders come in variety of shapes, sizes and materials. We will explore all of the options that are unique to Alaska and then some! 
 
The benefits of using cover crops are too long to list….come learn how to build your soil even in the winter!

August 9, 2018: Seed Saving/Winter Harvest Gardens: $15.00

This class is located on Lazy Mountain in Palmer at a private residence. Address information will be provided at the previous class!

Saving seed is like putting money in the bank. It can be a little overwhelming for the novice though. We make it easy, simple and fun.

Our policy: If you are unable to attend a “live” class but have made payment, we will provide the online presentation and credit your account $5.00 towards a future course.

Arctic Permaculture Seed Starting Course

We provide the seeds and the soil! Everyone will go home with a minimum of 72 seed starts! This class is being held May 3rd at the Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center

$35.00

 

10 Course Arctic Gardening Series

Join us as we learn Permaculture Gardening in the Arctic. Classes are Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. Pay in full for all 10 classes and receive a $15 discount!

$150.00

 

Online Presentations

Unable to come to the live class? Presentations are tailored so they can be viewed online. Questions are welcomed!

$10.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we Grow!

Late January is the time to start Artichokes! Artichokes can be easily grown in Alaska with some creativity and Permaculture! Artichokes are expensive in the store…one organic artichoke sells for $7.99!

Sign up for the class series (10 classes for $150.00) and you will receive 3 Organically grown transplants (a $15.00 value)!

Arctic Permaculture Garden Series

 We design systems to minimize inputs and maximize outputs. Permaculture Design allows us to think in “systems” that reduce waste and enhance crop production.
Come learn with us!