THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pay Load

It's time to get fish for the garden. This year I am getting mine from the Sitka Sound Science Center's hatchery. It's SO EASY!

At the hatchery they collect the returning Salmon....

And they harvest the eggs and sperm.

I was able to back the truck right up to the totes of fish....

....and pitch them directly into the back of the truck.

These photos are for you, Jesse and Glynda!!!!

And then I brought them home and unloaded them.....

....and gave the truck a thorough scrubbing!!!!!!

If you want to get some fish from the Science Center just give them a call and ask for Lon Garrison.


  1. Do you ever get bears/ravens messing with your garden after you put fish in it?

    1. I haven't had any bear trouble. I wait until there is LOTS of fish in the streams and there is no more bear activity in the police blotter. I also put moth balls up around the perimeter of the property....that really works! Ravens haven't bothered it either. The only trouble so far has been dogs. Now I have a net fence around the property that keeps them out.