Gardening and farming in Alaska can be a tricky task at times, and you have been able to use Ask Aggie to get all your answers. However, there are times you want a physical manual to smear with soil. So, the team at Alaska Village Initiatives is creating such a manual for you based on the major regions of Alaska. The first in our series is The Ultimate Guide to Growing in Southcentral Alaska which will hold all the information you could want to have on hand to reference whenever you are growing in the garden. There is also some more in-depth knowledge of some very popular produce grown in the area, along with planning and financial information as well.

To bring this manual to life, though, we are looking to add traditional recipes from the people of the region that can be shared with others. It is our goal to have at least 1 or 2 recipes for each of the produce in the manual so that people can have a tasty plan for what they are growing. If you have a traditional recipe you would like to share and have added to this manual, please share it with us at

The produce that will be featured in this manual are

  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Head Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Salad/Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

This is a collaboration of knowledge that we are hoping will help ensure successful harvests, feasts, and growth across Alaska with the goal of developing better food security and ownership. Gardening and planting are not done in replacement of traditional food sources but rather in partnership with them to give us wider options and more to share.


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