Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center
MEFEC is a working research farm serving the Southcentral Alaskan community. It includes 260 acres of cultivated land and 800 acres of forest land for research or demonstration purposes, including barns, feed storage facilities and pasture land. The experiment farm has a complete complement of farm equipment to produce and harvest grain, forage (both hay and silage) and other crops. There are also field and laboratory facilities for research on soils, plants and livestock. Current research includes small grains, vegetable variety trials, renewable resources and environmental remediation takes place while also being home to one of the subarctic rhubarb germplasms. MEFEC also collaborates with other local entities to support research in the Mat-Su Valley including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game who conduct wild ungulate nutritional studies with Moose and Caribou, Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Tilth who utilizes the farm’s greenhouses to grow food for underserved Mat-Su Valley community members. MEFEC’s beef cattle herd is raised for food and educational opportunities including being used to support the UAA Mat-Su College’s vet-tech program. The hay produced on the farm is sold at a discount to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, as well as it supports UAF’s Large Animal Research Station in Fairbanks.
MEFEC is also home to the Mat-Su/Copper River Extension Service 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; 4-H and youth development. Mat-Su CES also has hundreds of publications available to the public accessible online and at MEFEC. Many of these publications are free and provide Alaskans with useful information on a wide range of topics.
A chapter of the National FFA organization also adds to the many farm offerings. Alaska FFA promotes agricultural and natural resource education in Alaska. The Alaska FFA State Convention will be hosted at MEFEC this March.
If you are planning on coming to the farm with groups of 10 or more people, please contact us to ensure your event does not conflict with the regular operations of the farm.
Palmer, AK 99645