Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm Grows Hydrophonic Vegetables

Pyrah’s well-known U-Pick vegetable farm in Butte, Alaska, has been enhanced with excellent signage throughout the fields.  The explanations were a necessary addition for student tours where they found many children had no idea where vegetables came from, had never had their hands in dirt before, and thought food came from supermarkets.

The newest addition to the 277 acres of vegetables is the section set aside to grow lettuce and strawberries hydroponically, saving water, soil and space.  This small section of stacked planters watered by a drip system equaled one acre of planted strawberries in soil.  And, this method eliminates weeding!  This is certainly a solution to be considered in the future, especially for small yards with limited space.  This was the last stop on a very successful tour arranged by the Mat-Su Farm Bureau.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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