Alaskan Eco-technology For Commercial

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 37730
Amount: $55,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Moose Creek Farm
P.o. Box 1321f, Mile 6.7, Petersville Rd., Trapper Creek, AK, 99683
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MS. VICKIE L. TALBOT
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Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Alaskan Commercial agriculture presents many challenges including extreme weatherconditions, isolation from cost-effective distribution, and availability of plants suitable forcommercial application. Clearing requirements for agricultural tracts resulted in a loss of topsoil.Using commercial chemical fertilizers further depletes soils resulting in greater increasing soiladditive requirements. These costs continue increasing as more fertilizer is needed each year tosustain yields.Moose Creek Farms, an agricultural tract in Trapper Creek, majors in sustainable development ofcommercial stands of indigenous-type plants. Lingonberries (vitas idaea) were identified for tworeasons: similar species were indigenous to the area, and local surveys substantiated their highmarket value and commercial potential.A Farmer Rancher Project grant (SARE) was awarded testing use of forest mulch as the primarygrowing medium for lingonberries. Fish wastes, delivered by processors, better promotedsustainability than traditional chemical fertilizer. Fish waste removal is a major environmentalproblem in Alaska. Therefore, use of fish wastes for fertilizer has widespread benefit to otherAlaskan industries. Results of treatment were inconsistent varying from increased production todamage to plants. We will conduct a study to identify the optimum substrate for cultivation oflingonberries using the natural forest organic mulch with local fish waste fertilization.

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