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Birch Creek Ranch and Talkeetna Grown CSA

 

 

 

 

 

 


Birch Creek Ranch & Talkeetna Grown CSA
HC 89 Box 8100
Talkeetna, AK 99676


Birch Creek Ranch was started by Leilani and Alan Kingsbury from an Agricultural Land Disposal Parcel acquired in 1982. The farm consists of ~100 acres of hayfields, commercial greenhouses focusing on annual bedding plant production, and 2 acres of berry crops. Talkeetna Grown CSA established vegetable production for a 30+ member CSA, farm stand sales and direct restaurant sales using pimarily organic methods.  We are trying to upgrade greenhouse heating and farm energy systems to be more efficient and reduce costly fuel oil consumption which is the greatest challenge to sustainability of the farm.  We are continuing to expand vegetable production and sales with CSA shares, restaurant sales, and farmers markets.  We are making most compost used on farm from hay and brewery grains in addition to garden and local food wastes.

Owner/Operators
Alan and Leilani Kingsbury – Birch Creek Ranch. 
Brian Kingsbury - Talkeetna Grown CSA

Crops/Products
The greenhouse produces vegetable starts and both retail and wholesale annual and perennial flowers. We struggle to put up 100 acres of hay each year between Jun 20 and July 20 for retail sale and some for our one horse. This year will be fifth year that Talkeetna Grown CSA will work the gardens and high tunnels for vegetable shares as we transition to all organic growing methods. We also have over two acres in berry production.

Growing Methods
All growing methods are in use on the farm. Talkeetna Grown CSA is using all organic methods for vegetable production but is not certified.  We use plastic mulch to warm the soil and aid in weed control, and grow in several low and high tunnels to offer products such as cucumbers, squash, and even pumkins.

Where to Buy our Products
We are offering CSA shares this season, as well as selling to local restaurants. Twister Creek Restaurant, Wildflower Café and Flying Squirrel Bakery Café buy in-season veggies. We hope to have more customers in 2013 and offer at least two farmstands locally each week during peak season.
Special veggie stands will be announced when crops are abundant.
CSA - Shares available, announcements/ contracts will be available March 15, 2013.

Educational or Work Opportunities
Internship opportunity available Summer 2014. min. April 15 through October 15.  This is a paid working position with housing provided.  Hourly wage or negotiated stipend, DOE.  Please contact Brian at the phone number below or by email at talkeetnagrown@yahoo.com. WOOFERS welcome.
CSA members can work for share discounts.


Contact Info
Phone: Alan or Leilani 907-733-1090 Brian @ 907-733-7885
Email: talkeetnagrown@yahoo.com

Directions
Birch Creek Ranch is located at mile 6.5 Mastodon Rd. in Talkeetna, AK. Take Parks highway to mile 98, turn North on Talkeetna Spur road 7.5 miles to South Birch Creek Boulevard turn east on South Birch Creek Boulevard which turns into Mastodon Road. Travel a total of 6.5 miles from the highway, farm is on left, sign at driveway (You must call for directions and let us know you're coming).