At 3 Glaciers Farm, overlooking the Kachemak Bay on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, we take growing environment and growing peonies seriously . Our sustainable practices include leaving live forest intact and growing where meadows naturally occur or timber has died out. Rich glacial deposits have provided us with fertile soils, which are augmented by a healthy native worm population. Only when needed, we use approved organic amendments to enhance our good soils. For insect control, we rely upon our resident sandhill cranes and our abundant spider populations. Bees, dragonflies, and swallows abound--as do moose, bear, lynx, and eagles. We water our crops with naturally occurring spring water, supplemented with pollution-free rainwater.
One of our giant blooms: Dinner Plate
Our resident sandhill cranes coming in for a landing
Our farm has roots in the homesteading era of Alaska when William Wakeland, a decorated veteran of the U.S. Airborne, homesteaded this land in 1947. For him it represented adventure and healing after World War II. Our family purchased this homestead in 1996 and settled on it in 2001.
For the past seven years we have pioneered growing Alaskan peonies organically. For us the land is more than a business, it's our home--our little slice of wilderness in the Last Frontier. Through our flowers, a portion of our home can become a part of yours.
William Wakeland at the "W Tree" on our farm in 1947