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Upstream Gardens
Contact: Aaron and Karianna Ford
Address: PO BOX 1742 Homer, AK, 99603
Email Address: upstreamgardensak@gmail.com
Phone: 206-403-8017
About Us
Located on picturesque Kachemak Bay between the sea and rolling hills on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Upstream Gardens is nestled out East on Homer's green garden bench. This is traditional Sugpiaq and Denaina Land.

We are a husband and wife of multi-racial descent who operate a two-acre home garden. Gardening connects us to our identity, lost heritage, family history, and land based knowledge. We do all the gardening together while each working full-time year-round jobs in the service industry.

All in all, we are simply the delighted caretakers of the awesome creative energies at work here in our little world. We are indescribably grateful for the abundance presented to us and are looking forward to another growing season. This is our third year providing garden shares locally.
To have the opportunity to double our happiness by sharing them with others is a beautiful thing!

Some of our seasonal offerings include: tomatoes, chili peppers, beets, radishes, garlic, sugar snap peas, mustard greens, cabbages, carrots, onions, squash, duck eggs, culinary and tea herbs, cut flowers and more!
Practices
Our growing practices and philosophy are a synthesis of nature’s rhythms and environmentally friendly principles. 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 and inform all that we do at home in our gardens. We only use open pollinated non-hybridized seeds and are learning to keep our own. We believe diversity and so is compost!

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.

Our "Seasonal Sovereignty" initiative aims to reduce these harms from being perpetuated in our own garden by sharing a percentage of our sales each season and distributing these funds to BIPOC grassroots organizations both locally and across the country. 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.

You can visit our website at www.upstreamgardens.org to learn more about what else is "cropping up" at Upstream.