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By Marc Lutz 

Growing number of produce farmers cropping up throughout the community


September 23, 2021

Marc Lutz/ Wrangell Sentinel

Dwane and Laura Ballou own and operate Oceanview Gardens at 6 Mile.

Wrangell is seeing some positive growth.

The number of farming operations is on the rise throughout the community, and it's contributing to a healthier economy.

There are two farms in Wrangell that grow a variety of fruits and vegetables and sell to residents and businesses, no less than nine residents that grow for their own consumption, and even Evergreen Elementary has a small farm.

According to the Alaska Farmland Trust, the number of farms in the state increased by 30% from 2012 to 2017, going against the national trend of a 3% decrease. Only 5% of the food consumed in the state is gro...

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