KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is expanding a program that rents out agricultural equipment to small-scale farmers and other community members at affordable rates.
The Peninsula Clarion reported Thursday that the district was able to purchase three new pieces of equipment — a potato digger, a potato washer and a potato planter — with assistance grants from the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Western SARE.
Small-scale farmers can rent the equipment for $25 a day, plus a donation of 25 pounds (11 kilograms) of potatoes to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.
It’s a cheaper alternative than spending thousands of dollars on those types of equipment.
The potato digger works on a single row of potatoes or other root crop.