Indie Alaska

S10 E13 | FULL EPISODE

Inside an ambitious family farm in Delta Junction, Alaska

Bryce Wrigley opened The Alaska Flour Company in Delta Junction, AK in 2009 with the help of his family and they have been producing strictly Barley ever since. They plan on continuing in this family tradition and, with thousands of untouched acres ready to produce, they believe that the future of Agriculture will be grown in Alaska.

AIRED: October 11, 2021 | 0:04:50
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i love talking about farming i love

talking about the science of farming

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see how that crunches

that's what we want

that's where alaska stands way ahead of

everybody this is a new area we can

leverage all of that

cool information all that new science

and apply it to

this new region gosh who knows where we

can go with it

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well dad or uh

honey

that's what everybody calls me here but

i'm the owner of wrigley farms we also

do business as alaska flower company i

farm here with my family with my wife my

son

milo and his wife leah three-pound

cinnamon one three-pound regular

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the lifestyle is amazing i mean going

into the flower mill and working in

there all day and then being able to

walk outside and if you listen

there's no cars

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there's birds singing the trees are

green the sky is blue the sun is shining

this is a great place

to be able to just come out and

decompress

our season starts our farming season

starts in may we have to wait for the

snow to leave and then the ground to

firm up and not not be too wet

and so the grain just grows and it just

continues to ripen until

yeah the end of

august the first part of september is

when we start combining

we try and get it out as quickly as we

can because we never know when the snow

is coming

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we have a no-till system

that we use for somebody who doesn't

understand what no-till is or how it

differs from conventional tillage with

conventional tillage you disturb the

ground you turn it over you aerate it

and you create a seed bed that way

no till you don't turn the soil over the

whole idea is to disturb the soil as

little as possible the advantage that

that does is that it doesn't oxygenate

the soil so carbon dioxide doesn't leave

the soil if you're losing that carbon

source then you're losing the food that

the microbes rely on we don't want to

destroy that and have to rebuild it we

want to manage it so it doesn't get

destroyed and no tillage allows us to do

that

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we make products out of barley that fit

for every single meal for breakfast

lunch dinner and dessert

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barley is a superfood because of the

fiber there's a specific type of

soluble fiber in barley called beta

glucan now the beta glucans are

important because it slows down the rate

your your body breaks down the food in

your gut and introduces glucose into

your bloodstream so what that means is

that somebody who's diabetic

if they eat rice

their blood sugar spikes if they eat

barley

it doesn't spike because of those beta

glucans it's a great alternative for

people who are allergic to wheat who

have diabetes high cholesterol

hypertension heart disease if there's a

chance of staying healthy and if you can

do it with good tasting food that's even

better

the whole idea though was to do

something to improve alaska's food

security in 2005 hurricane katrina

happened was watching the news and i

remember the announcer saying somebody

had

killed their neighbor for food

and just some reason that just really

resonated with me and i thought you know

the earthquakes we have up here

volcanoes the different situations that

that occur in alaska i've long believed

that somebody that relies on on another

place for their food potentially loses

their ability to make their own

decisions

we have tens of thousands of acres in

alaska that can

produce food that's much more than what

alaska can eat alone once we feed alaska

there's going to be a much larger

capacity to produce for export because

of alaska's strategic location you know

we have the options to export our

products to various countries that's how

alaska's agriculture industry is going

to continue to grow we're going to be a

much larger industry here that's

actually going to contribute a

significant amount that's what the

alaska flower company is this is the

future of agriculture

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