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2010 Delta Farm Tour

Tour Information

Thursday, July 15, 2010

9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The tour begins at the Jarvis Office building (next to the State Troopers) at Mile 1420.5 on the Alaska Highway in Delta Junction.

Fairbanks area folks may ride the motor coach that will be leaving that morning from the Extension Office at 1000 University Avenue at 7:30 AM.

Fegistration fee is $45 per person and includes a locally grown lunch. It is an additional $10 for those riding the motor coach from Fairbanks.

HURRY! Tour participants MUST register before July 1st.

Please make your check payable to the delta Farm Bureau and mail it to: PO Box 760 Delta Junction, AK  99737.

Or pay via Pay Pal from the Alaska Farm Bureau website at http://akfb.fb.org.

For Registration information call 907-895-4752.

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The Delta Farm Bureau’s annual farm tour will give you the opportunity to see Alaska agriculture in action in the Delta Junction area.

The tour begins at Russ and Jeannie Pinkelman’s hog operation which will erase everything you thought you knew about pigs – they are clean animals and want to be kept clean.

The next stop will be at the UAF’s Experiment Farm where you will learn about the research crops and activities that are being conducted this year.

Lunch will be at the Snowhook Club, featuring locally grown foods. The menu includes buffalo burgers, steak fries, potato salad, a tossed salad, rhubarb crisp and ice cream.

The Peterson’s insanity Acres grain farm is next on your itinerary. It is a grain farm and you will see their new high tunnel as well as learn about financial assistance with the purchasing ad operation of a high tunnel.

The tour continues to Scott and Connie Plagerman’s farm where you will see their irrigation system and learn about the practices and automation on a large scale hay operation.

The last farm visited will be Phil and Mary Kaspari’s yak farm where you will learn about their livestock management practices.

The tour ends with a visit to Delta Meat and Sausage. This USDA slaughter facility sells a variety of local meats such as beef, pork, elk, yak and buffalo. They also process summer sausage, meati sticks as well as brauts and hotdogs made from all of the above meats. You will enjoy the treats on the sample trays and have the opportunity to make a purchase if you desire.

Enjoy the luxury of riding in a motor coach this year! The infamous school bus is not making the trip!

The bus will leave the Cooperative Extension Office at 1000 University Avenue (former University Park Elementary School) at 7:30 am.

There will be complimentary juice and sweet rolls to enjoy on the ride to Delta.

The bus will leave Delta Junction promptly at 9:30 am from the Jarvis Office building at Mile 1420.5 of the Alaska Highway (next to the State Troopers). Registration, coffee and doughnuts begin at 9 am for the Delta Area people.

The tour will arrive back there at 4:30 pm. The bus will leave from here at 5 pm for the trip back to Fairbanks.

You will be outdoors most of the day and walking is involved. Comfortable shoes, layered clothing and water bottles are recommended.

Young children should not attend for their own safety as well for the enjoyment of others.

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Thursday, July 9 – Board Meeting – old Foodland Building – 6 pm

Sunday, July 12Volunteer Day – Noon to 1 pm – Brunch and meet everyone – 1 to 5 pm bring your work clothes and help inventory usable equipment – We are meeting at the old Foodland building aka Alaska Marketplace on Gaffney Road just off Airport Way and Cushman Street.

Tuesday, July 14Delta Farm Tour – Leaves at 9 am from the Jarvis Office Building in Delta. Cost is $40 and that includes lunch. Go to the Alaska Farm Bureau’s website at http://akfb.fb.org

Wednesday, July 15 –

Politics of FOOD – Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility

A FREE lecture by noted author and educator

Marion Nestle, Ph.D.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
7:00 p.m., Schaible Auditorium

Marion Nestle is the author of three prize-winning books on nutrition including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002); Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book (published in 2008) is Pet Food Politics: the Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. She writes the ‘Food Matters’ column for the San Francisco Chronicle and co-writes a food and nutrition column for The Bark magazine.

She is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation, the food world’s highest honor.

For more information, please call 474-7021 or email summer@uaf.edu

Presented by Summer@UAF and the Cooperative Extension Service

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Article from NewWest

Hans Geier found this article on western farms by David Frey, “Across the West, More Farms, Less Land, and a Widening Divide”:

The story of farming in the country, and in the West, has become a tale of two farmers. Countering the growth of small farms is a concentration of more and more agriculture in the hands of fewer and fewer mega-farms. The small farms serve a growing niche of farmer’s markets. The giant farms fill the supermarket. The middle is disappearing.

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