Matanuska Experiment Farm

The Matanuska Experiment Farm is a working research farm serving Southcentral Alaska. It has 260 acres of cultivated land and 800 acres of forestland for research or demonstration purposes, including barns, feed storage facilities and pastureland. The experiment farm has a complete complement of farm equipment to produce and harvest grain, forage (hay and silage) and other crops. There are also field and laboratory facilities for research on soils, plants and livestock. 

Midnight Sun-Flowers planted in field



Theresa Isaac 
Senior Administrative Assistant

Location: 1509 S. Georgeson Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907-745-3360 (Main)

The farm collaborates with other entities to support research in the Mat-Su Valley, including Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which conducts nutritional studies with moose and caribou. It also partners with Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Tilth, which use the farm’s greenhouses to grow produce for community outreach and add to reserves for food-insecure Mat-Su Valley through established programs. The beef cattle herd is raised for educational opportunities, as will support out Livestock Nutrition program. Hay produced on the farm feeds the beef cattle herd as well as the wood bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

The fields at the Experiment Farm are also home to several research projects including work with soil health, cover crops and invasive species. A 2024 grant from the Alaska Community Foundation will be used to increase accessibility to the MEFEC Community Gardens. Each fall, the farm donates thousands of pounds of potatoes to local food banks as well as traditional healing programs through the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

It is also home to the Mat-Su/Copper River Cooperative Extension Service district office, which provides community outreach and education in a variety of areas, including agriculture and horticulture; health, home and family development; natural resources and community development; and 4-H and youth development. As the state’s gateway to its university system, Extension helps bring research into the hands of Alaskans. It provides hundreds of publications that are accessible online or in offices. Many of these publications are free and provide Alaskans with useful information on a wide range of topics.

View the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center's 2019 long-range plan.