Dinner spotlights farming in the Valley
While eating many of the things on The Kenley Vegetable and Flower Farm is encouraged, one exception stands out.
“We’re not going to eat Prancer,” Carol Kenley told a crowd of about 50 people who carefully stepped over rows of cilantro and kale in the vegetable garden, while sipping wine and chatting. “At least, not yet.”
Prancer is the family reindeer. He’s a pet, not food, Kenley said.
The farm has been in the Kenley family since the Kenleys purchased it from a homesteader in 1952. They’ve lived on the property since 1953. The farm, which was then 150 acres, originally focused on cows, but as the six children came of age and left, the cows were sold off and the land divided. Today, the Kenleys own 12 acres of the original spread. Their daughter owns another nearby parcel.
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Alaska Farmland Trust (AFTC) is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to assisting landowners in preserving their working agricultural lands. Preserving farmland in production is essential as Alaska faces increasing food security issues. AFTC’s goals are to secure Alaska’s farmland for future generations and to promote agricultural infrastructure through enhanced marketing, statewide policy, and provide education to the public about agricultural issues.