Lawmakers View Valley Farms

Reps. Bill Stoltze and Cathy Munoz display vegetables grown in Palmer during a legislative tour of Matanuska Valley farms earlier this month. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.
Reps. Bill Stoltze and Cathy Munoz display vegetables grown in Palmer during a legislative tour of Matanuska Valley farms earlier this month. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage.

farm tour and fair 015The very word “Alaska” is synonymous with wintery snow and ice although on one Palmer farm, the sweet taste of summer can be found in an acre of plump, big -as- your -fist strawberries that are destined for sale at farmer’s markets. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, a recent tour of Matanuska Valley farms is helping state legislators get in touch with Alaska’s agricultural potential.

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APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone. Since then, she has literally traveled the length of the state, from Attu to Eagle and from Barrow to Juneau, covering Alaska stories on the ground for the AK show, Alaska News Nightly, the Alaska Morning News and for Anchorage public radio station, KSKA elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen