We are Wayne and Patti Floyd, and we are Alaskan Farmers. We didn't come to Alaska to be peony farmers. Frankly that was the last thing on our minds. We came for the adventure. One day, shortly before he passed away, Wayne's grandfather, Reuben, heard that we were thinking of moving to Alaska. He smiled wistfully, and said, "I seriously thought about going to Alaska when I was a young man. I always wish I had gone." That sadness in his voice, became the motivation for us to seek a way to go.
Then in 1990 we were living in Washington. Wayne was teaching in Federal Way, and Patti was running a very successful home business. We were fed up with the urban sprawl that was taking over the area, and the gangs were moving in from California. When Patti heard that a large retirement of Alaskan teachers was occuring, we
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took a chance and Wayne was hired to teach on the Kenai Peninsula. Patti worked for the state, and then for a foreign exchange program for many years. Patti retired in 2005, and Wayne retired as a first sergeant from the Alaska Army National Guard in 2004, and from teaching in 2014. We are developing our farm to help augment our retirement. As Wayne oftens says, "Sure we're retired. We go to bed every night, retired!"
Though both of us have our college degrees in Agriculture, little did we know that our Alaskan adventure was going to litterally allow us to return to our "roots"! (Peony roots that is!) In 2011 Patti attended an Alaska Peony Growers Association Conference in Homer, Alaska. After the conference we quickly decided to clear our land, and prepare the beds for planting in 2012. Now we are not only growing Alaska Summer Peonies, we have diversified our micro-farm by producing poultry. Three large high tunnels have added garden produce to our products.
We are grateful that we have been allowed to return to farming, AND live in the "Great Land" of Alaska while we do so.
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