Throughout the day there will be a variety of FREE garden, art and cooking classes offered hosted by local professionals.
ON THE GREEN
Cook Inlet Bonsai Study Group Booth
10am-6pm—Fiber Friends Spinning Wheels in Harmony
Watch and learn or bring your wheel or drop spindle and spin along with Lynx Mullen at her booth near the Library.
11-11:45am—Paul Marmora: Floral Arranging 1.0
Learn flower arranging and take home your own arrangement!
2-2:45pm—Paul Marmora: Bonsai in Alaska Gardens
Did you know you can bonsai native Alaskan trees and shrubs? You’ll never look at those ‘weeds’ the same way when you catch the bonsai bug!
PALMER MUSEUM GARDEN
12pm & 2pm—Garden Tours
1:30pm & 3:30pm—Midnight Sun Yoga
Bring your mats and enjoy FREE yoga in the gardens. Stay safe and flexible, gardeners!
AROUND TOWN—ARKOSE BREWERY
4:30-5:30pm—Stephen Gerteisen: Brewing 101
Take a tour of one of our local breweries and learn about the brewing process from owner and Master Brewer Stephen Gerteisen.
PALMER PUBLIC LIBRARY
11-11:45am—Jodie Anderson: Composting Basics
How to grow, preserve, and cook with herbs from your gardens.
12-12:45pm—Steve Brown: Introduction to Alaskan Gardening
Contrary to what many believe, Alaska is one of the easiest places to garden: you just have to forget everything you learned in the Lower 48. This workshop will focus Alaska specific techniques such as variety selection, soil warming, pest and disease control, and more.
1-1:45pm—Jodie Anderson: Welcome to the UAF Experimental Farm and Cooperative Extension Service
2-2:45pm—Jennifer Sharrock: Permaculture in the Alaskan Garden
Come grow with us! Learn how you can create healthy edible landscapes, gardens and growing spaces by minimizing pests and disease while maximizing diversity by adding native species and soil regeneration.
3-3:45pm—Charles Stillman: IPM for Local Greenhouses
Identify the pests and get them treated before they treat themselves to your crops in the greenhouse!
550 S. Alaska St, in front of Downtown Deli
Donate all day courtesy of the American Red Cross. 10am-6pm.
AUCTION DAY@ Alaska Picker
562 S Denali St.
Begins at 11am.
Jodie Anderson: is the Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center. A Palmer resident since 2003, she worked for the University of Alaska Fairbanks/Cooperative Extension Service and School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, developed their Alaska Community Horticulture Program with a research focus on soil building, organic nitrogen soil supplements, compost development, and community gardening. She looks forward to continuing the great work Alaska expects from the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center.
Steve Brown is the District Agriculture Agent and Professor of Agricultural Extension for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. In his spare time, he is an avid mountaineer and marathon runner.
Stephen Gerteisen is the co-founder and head brewer of Arkose Brewery. Stephen graduated from the U.C. Davis Master Brewers Program in 2007, passing all three modules of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Diploma in Brewing Examination. As a result of this accomplishment he was elected a Member of the IBD. He has a B.A. in Biology, a B.A. in German, and has worked as a Brewer, Medical Technologist, Research Bio Analytical Chemist, and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Paul Marmora is President of the Cook Inlet Bonsai Study Group, an informal group of individuals for the promotion and study of the art of Bonsai in Alaska. They are located in Anchorage, with some members in the Mat-Su valley, but welcome all interested individuals from around the state. The club goes on digs to find bonsai material both in the wild and on members’ property holdings in Alaska, and periodically holds workshops with visiting bonsai enthusiasts. Paul teaches the art of flower arranging.
Lynx Mullen is a local fiber artist. “For as long as I can remember have wanted to spin. I keep dyeing more fiber than I can spin, spinning more yarn than I can knit or weave and making more stuff than I can use. I sell what I make to buy more fiber! I find it calms me down and makes me happy. Come by and learn to spin any time during the fair!”
Jennifer Sharrock holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver. Jennifer pursued her passion for gardening by becoming a Master Gardener in Alaska, as well as volunteering throughout South Central assisting in agriculture projects.
Charles Stillman is owner of Adinas Acres, specializing in cold-hardy edible plant varieties. He has been one of our more popular speakers for the last 3 fairs on topics ranging from cannabis to corn and expanding the varietal palate in a changing climate.