Saturday, April 19, 2014

2nd Annual Fiber & Arts Festival

Kenai Peninsula Fair
P O Box 39210
Ninilchik,AK 99639
Contact Person: 
Deb Henderson –
(907) 252-3544
2nd Annual Fiber & Arts Festival
April 26 & 27, 2014
Ninilchik, Alaska
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Welcomes you to...
A Celebration of Natural Fibers Fiber Producers Fiber Artists Community Members Fiber Craftsperson
Join Us!

4000 Pounds of Raw Wool for Barn Insulation Needed

I have been asked to find 4000 lbs of raw wool for a barn insulation project on the Peninsula.

I know many have fleeces from years me and I can try and coordinate the effort. They are a small non-profit, got their first wool free and paid only for shipping. They said they can pay 50 cent a pound for raw, maybe a bit more. Something is better then nothing. And if we don't have 4000 lbs sitting about, they will take what ever we can gather, the more the better.

I can help coordinate transport maybe

Let me know how many pounds and approximate condition. and of course where you are so we can coordinate efforts!

NO moldy fleeces accepted or considered

Spring cleaning in a good way..... 
​ANFBA Member​

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sheep for Sale


Selling the entire herd for $350 each:

2 Icelandic Ewes: 1 is 5 years old, 1 is a yearling
4 Dorper/Suffolk Ewes: 2 are 4 years old, 2 are yearlings
1 Dorper/Icelandic Ewe: yearling
1 Suffolk/Dorper Ram: 5 years old
Multiple animal discount available.
All ewes are bred and are due to start lambing in March. Ewes that have already lambed are $300 and lambs are $200 each. (So far 3 ewes lave lambed and 6 lambs are available).

These will produce nice hardy lambs, good for meat or wool. Icelandic wool is very high quality and can be shorn twice/year.

Friday, March 21, 2014

December Annual Meeting

Alaska Diversified Livestock Association, Inc. December 6, 2013 Audio Meeting Minutes

I. Call to order by President Delbert Simineo

II. Roll call: online were President Delbert Simineo, VP Ruby Hollembaek, member Lee Hecimovich

III. Approval of Agenda-agenda: approved

IV. Approval of 2012 minutes: approved

V. Election of Officers: Delbert and Ruby were reelected to their positions. As Jane Hamilton declined the position, Lee was nominated/elected as secretary. Treasurer is unfilled at this time. Kathy Burton declined the position. Discussion involved the need to get more members/potential members involved. 

VI. Old Business
A. ADLA Corp Status/biannual Report: business paperwork/taxes need to be filed.
B. Bylaws: Need to check on update to include sheep, goats, etc.-animals that produce food and fiber.
C. Meeting frequency: A quarterly meeting schedule was discussed, possibly in conjunction with livestock or ag related events to encourage membership. i.e. SARE Conference, Delta Farm Forum. Possible audio/webinar after SARE.  Delbert or Ruby will contact Steve Siefert (SARE)
D. Email: Ruby stated she can only post to 10 people on the blog, suggestions needed.

VII. New Business
A. President's Report: Delbert presented a letter from Dr. Gerlach about meeting to discuss state/federal regulations, animal care standards, impact of lower 48 animal rights groups. Delbert also discussed a "Red Paint Law" to assist with no trespassing issues. He will contact the State/Borough for clarification.
B. Legislative issues: The Farm Bureau is not continuing their lobbying for the reinstating of the Department of Agriculture. Question on whether a Bed & Breakfast on a ranch is eligible on ag parcels was discussed. 
Wood bison at Portage subject: Ruby has a letter/email on this and the Alaska  Farm Bureau November newsletter also had information. 

VIII. Treasurer's Report: Ruby will send in, also income tax was discussed.
 She will also send out a member roster.

X. Next Meeting-not set, after SARE, possibly check in January.

XI. Adjourn: 7:10 pm

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sustainable AG Conference Next Week

Fairbanks conference highlights agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Conference, March 12-13 in Fairbanks, will highlight plant breeding, establishing a farm and producing livestock for fiber and meat.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the 10th annual conference at Wedgewood Resort. More than 30 sessions will cover a variety of topics of interest to farmers, gardeners and ranchers.

The keynote speaker will be James Myers, a professor of vegetable breeding and genetics at Oregon State University. His main interest has been to improve vegetable varieties for disease resistance and nutrition while maintaining quality and productivity. Myers will also lead an all-day preconference workshop March 11 on plant breeding.
Jim Myers

Conference coordinator Steven Seefeldt, an Extension agriculture and horticulture agent, said he hopes farmers and gardeners will learn the basics of plant breeding and begin developing improved varieties in Alaska.

“We just have a few varieties of any given vegetable,” he said.

A panel discussion will bring together farmers who wish to expand their operations with representatives of state and federal agencies who will talk about what programs can help farmers and others considering farming. Other conference topics will include getting more locally produced food to market in Fairbanks, mobile slaughter and processing units, high tunnel soil fertility, attracting beneficial insects and pollinators, no-tillage grain production in Delta Junction, pasture management, raising bison, elk and yaks, and more.

A second preconference workshop from 1–3 p.m. March 11 will focus on record keeping and taxes for agricultural businesses. Alaska-grown food will be served during the conference, and educational displays will be available. See the conference agenda and registration information at

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Interior "Outside"

The auroras, sunrises, sunsets and snow-laden trees have been tremendous this February.  What a treat to share with children.  Becca at Alaskan Interior Game Ranch.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Member's Passion and Love

Have 18 Cashmere goats, one breeding buck, 3 adult wethers, and 12 breeding does (1 yr to 11 yrs), 2 infant wethers (fall kids)
2 fiber sheep, Welsh Bk Mt - heritage breed
8 chickens
3 geese
1 border collie (11yrs old)
1 Grt Pyrenees (7 yrs old)
1 Grt Pyrenees (11 mo old)
and me
Should have fiber for sale within 3 months, shipping for de-hairing now.

Lee Coray-Ludden


The Alaska Diversified Livestock Association, Inc. holds a certificate from the State of Alaska, Department of Community and Economic Development, Division of Banking, Securities and Corporations formed on November 19, 2002.

The members must be of the age of 19 years or more, acting as incorporators of a corporation under the Alaska Nonprofit Corporation Act (AS 10.20), adopted articles of incorporation as follows:
Article 1. The name of this corporation is the Alaska Diversified Livestock Association, Inc.
Article 2. The duration of this corporation shall be perpetual.
Article 3. To promote the responsible development, management, marketing and research for the diversified livestock industry of Alaska. This is to include the production of animals who provide food or fiber. To exercise all rights and powers conferred by the laws of the State of Alaska upon nonprofit corporations, including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to acquire by devise, gift, purchase, lease, or otherwise any property of any sort or nature without limitation as to its amount of value, and to hold, invest, reinvest, manage, use apply, employ, sell, expend, disburse, lease, mortgage, convey, option, donate, or otherwise dispose of such property, for any of the purposes set forth herein. To do such other things as are incidental to purposes of the Corporation or necessary in order to accomplish them. The corporation is not organized for profit. It shall have no capital stock and shall not be authorized to issue capital stock. Upon dissolution of the corporation, the officers shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, distribute all of the assets of the corporation in such a manner and to such non-profit agricultural organizations qualified under Section 501 © (5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as such Sections may be amended, or their successor provisions as the Officers may determine.
Articles 4 – 8 pertain to the membership, the board of directors, the bylaws, liability & incorporators.