Day 206: Something Beautiful—Alaska’s Valley of Agriculture

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

There is a continuing joke on this trip. We find that in this place of vast land and proportionately limited inhabitants—everyone seems to be removed by only 1 degree of separation. Now, I find that a quarter of Wisconsin is represented in the Anchorage area—not mining, but farming.

On our drive to Palmer, Alaska today to shoot at a helicopter company, we drove through the magnificent Matanuska Valley. Over lunch a member of our party explained that the valley was settled by farmers transplanted from the midwest in the 1930s. Iron ore mining was hard hit in the depression. In 1935 the Federal Emergency Relief Administration offered 40 acre plots to those from the Iron Range stretching over northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. 40 acre plots on the glacier rich soil on the flat plain outside Anchorage. Many came. Many failed and left. But the landscape bears icons from the colonists midwestern origins—barns in the land of log cabins.

The northern midwest is a favorite country, but the vistas pale a bit when set up against the Talkeetnah and Chugach Mountains that border Matanuska Valley. A farmer’s dream land—agricoltori terra di sogno.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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2 Responses to Day 206: Something Beautiful—Alaska’s Valley of Agriculture

  1. photosbyandy says:

    That is spectacular!!!

  2. Ev says:


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