Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day at the Matanuska Experiment Farm was a resounding success.
|Digging for potatoes proved to be a popular pastime at |
Ag Appreciation Day. Steve Brown photos
One of the most popular activities involved kids digging for potatoes and harvesting lettuce in garden patches planted for the occasion. Other well-received activities included goat milking and the hayrides, which had long lines. Canine demonstrations from Mat+SAR K9 also drew big crowds. Representatives from the search-and-rescue organization chose someone from the audience to hide and the dog demonstrated searching skills by finding the person.
Many attendees complimented staff on the event, which promoted an appreciation of and knowledge about local foods and agriculture. One attendee called up a day later to say she learned a lot about soils from Bob Van Veldhuizen and intended to start a farm in Bristol Bay. Another person told Isaac it was a great combination of learning and fun.
“That’s exactly what we were striving for,” she said.
|A participant at Ag Appreciation Day models a rhubarb leaf.|