Agriculture, Horticulture & Land Resources


Dr. Stephen Brown is the Agriculture/Horticulture Agent for the Mat-Su/Copper River District.

Click here to visit Steve's online curriculum vitae.

News, Upcoming Events & Announcements

Upcoming 2015 Events

Alaska Produce Growers Conference, February 21st, 8-5 pm.  Will take place at the Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S. Georgeson Dr., Palmer.


Plant Hardiness Zone Information

Here is a link to the new and improved USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Just enter a Zip Code into the query box and the website will determine the approximate plant hardiness zone. Go to the Interactive Map tab and  zoom into a particular location on the map. Maps are available for download under the Map and Download tap. Explore the site and enjoy!


Areas of Interest (Click each heading to view more info)

* Commercial Agriculture

* Commercial Horticulture

* GPS Program

* Precision Agriculture


Soil Testing and Nutrient/pH Amendment Recommendations Information (Click to open)


Introduction to Alaska Gardening video series

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newbie looking for your green thumb, you probably know gardening in Alaska is different than anywhere else. Introduction to Alaska Gardening will teach you what you need to know to start gardening in the Last Frontier. Taught by Master Gardener and organic farmer Marie Roop (Domer), topics include starting plants, season extension using raised beds and ground/row covers, soil preparation, soil sampling, fertilization and much, much more. 

Click for more about video series (parts II - part VI)


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