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It’s not just at the allotment that we grow fruit and veg. We have to work the backyard too. We are growing more fruit and veg. We took spare raspberries from the allotment and put them in as well as a capsicum pepper in as well as two pink Bulgarian tomatoes kindly gifted by a colleague at work. Also reported the tomatoes and bell peppers as well as planting some cucumber and watermelon seeds. Who knows if the watermelon will work with our weather but here’s hoping.

Kinfolk Butcher Block Party - Paris by Nico Alary
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A great gathering at Le Garde-Robe des Batignolles in Paris 17th arrondissement organized by <a href=“https://twitter.com/anna_lise” rel=“nofollow”>Lise</a> and <a href=“https://twitter.com/laurenloubate” rel=“nofollow”>Lauren</a>. Lots of amazing charcuterie and cheeses from small producers paired with delicious vins naturels. <b><a href=“http://twitter.com/nicoalaryjr” rel=“nofollow”>Follow @nicoalaryjr</a></b>

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Lovely couple of hours down the allotment today with the elves. We know it is really late but we had some potatoes chitted in the house so 4 rows of random potatoes went in. They have two chances….put beans in, yellow, green and runner. The cucumbers and squash are coming along in the greenhouse. So great to see the Logan berry and tayberry flowering, maybe some fruit this year as nothing happened last year. We also appear to have apples, let’s hope they grow.

Fresh produce can be hard to find in Alaska. Many of us have purchased leafy greens and veggies at the store only to have them turn to mush within a day or two once we get them home. In Anchorage, one man is hoping to change that.

Jason Smith is the founder and owner of Alaska Natural Organics, or ANO. ANO is set to open its doors at the end of June and will be Anchorage’s first indoor vertical farm. Set inside the old Matanuska Maid building, ANO will be a 5,000-square foot, hydroponic, organic farm.

“We’ll be starting with basil and butter lettuce and working with some of the restaurants. We’ll be looking at spinach, mixed greens, arugula, stuff like that,” Smith said.

Smith said he first started growing organic veggies in his Anchorage garage. After achieving success, he wanted to share his healthier, cleaner, fresher way of growing with the masses.