Farming in Southeast Alaska | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper

Farming in Southeast Alaska gets under your skin as much as it gets under your nails. A great story posted June 15, 2017 by Chelsea Tremblay for the Capital City Weekly.

This year’s intern at Farragut Farm is Kassie Springhoff from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She went on a river trip in the boundary waters and met someone who thought she’d really like Alaska. His cousin worked on an organic farm in Southeast Alaska, he said, and had an amazing time. Would Kassie be interested in giving that a shot? His cousin was Matt Kern, Juneau resident who spent 2015 interning with Farragut Farm, located in Farragut Bay. Springhoff got in touch with the owners of the farm, Bo Varsano and Marja Smets, and before she knew it was on her way to Southeast Alaska.

It takes Varsano and Smets approximately four hours to travel to Farragut Bay from Petersburg, primarily because they use a fuel-efficient catamaran that takes its time crossing Thomas Bay. Chartering a boat or plane can take less than an hour, though it goes without saying the trip is always weather dependent. From the landing in the Bay (which has to occur at the right tide), there’s a hike in to the farm itself. Once there, there are greenhouses on wheels, water catchment systems for the farm and people alike, and a solar-powered energy system that keeps the business running.

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