Agroborealis is the research publication of the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the School of Natural Resources and Extension. It describes research in the areas of agriculture, soils, forest sciences, natural resources, and economic and community resilience. The research magazine, which was founded in 1969, is available now in a new format. Easily downloadable research stories — at least two Agroborealis research highlights twice a year — will be published spring and fall.
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The village of Savoonga owns a herd of more than 3,000 reindeer, and a decreasing supply of walrus and other marine mammals has the St. Lawrence Island community thinking more about its reindeer as a source of food and employment.
Joshua Greenberg, a University of Alaska Fairbanks natural resource economist, teamed up with the university’s Reindeer Research Program to develop a series of business plans that will allow Savoonga and possibly other villages to evaluate different production strategies for a reindeer meat industry.
Testing vegetable varieties
Finding vegetable varieties that grow well in Alaska has been a goal of experiment stations from their earliest days. Agronomist C.C. Georgeson published his first circular that recommended vegetable varieties in 1906, a year before the Fairbanks Experiment Station and farm opened.
Vegetable variety trials were conducted at Fairbanks Experiment Farm annually for many years before they ended in 2009 due to budget cuts.
Limited vegetable trials resumed at the Georgeson Botanical Garden in 2017 with the testing of four varieties each of carrots, daikon radishes, beets and turnips. For the first year, project director Heidi Rader chose well-known cultivars or varieties that were previously tested there and varieties that had not been evaluated before but seed companies described as cold-tolerant.