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Upstream Sanctuary
Contact: Aaron and Karianna
Address: PO BOX 1742 Homer, AK, 99603
Phone: 206-403-8017
About Us
We operate a small home garden located on 5 1/2 acres nestled high in the rolling hills above the Anchor River Valley, traditional Sugpiaq and Denaina Land. This is our 6th year growing produce and flowers and 3rd year tending the garden at our new North Fork home. We are not farmers, instead we work full-time year-round jobs in the service industry. Gardening connects us to our creativity, community, identity, lost heritage, family history and land based knowledge.

Some of our seasonal offerings include: staple vegetables, duck eggs, culinary and tea herbs, cut flowers and more.
Focused on equity and sustainability, we're committed to growing food and flowers that are good for the soil and soul. Our growing practices and philosophy are a synthesis of nature’s rhythms and environmentally friendly principles. Growing outdoors and in the greenhouse with a little help from our duck friends and Mavis the dog. Our goal is to manage nutrient cycles and reinforce the existing soil food web through all local inputs. These tenets of working in partnership and reciprocity with the land make a lot of practical and spiritual sense, informing all that we do at home in our gardens.

We honour and acknowledge that much of what we know and are learning about these brilliant growing practices are all greatly based on Afro-Indigenous agricultural frameworks exploited by white colonialism through the harmful legacy of land theft and dispossession.

We seek to reduce these harms from being perpetuated in our own garden by giving 100% of our profits each season to BIPOC grassroots organizations both locally and world-wide. These solidarity funds will go towards preserving heritage, history and culture for marginalized communities while furthering education and farming programs for people within the agricultural sphere.

This season, 100% of the money we make will be donated to Alaska Community Action on Toxics. ( ) The impacts of environmental pollution are compounded in Alaska. Especially for native peoples, living off the land is the healthiest choice for communities. Stewardship of the natural environment is a logical byproduct of that lifestyle since individuals are obviously not separate from the environment in which they live, rather everything and everyone is part of the same web of life and cannot be effectively separated. This relationship has kept the area we call "Alaska" healthy and productive for thousands of years. Within the last 50 years however, plastics, synthetics and "forever chemicals" have been found at high concentrations in many staples of the subsistence lifestyle. These poisonous contaminants created by western non-indigenous society are present in their highest amounts here in the far Northwest, where subsistence is most critical. We have a responsibility to counteract the harm we have caused.