knik river ranch

the history

Knik River Ranch is located on the former Dow Homestead. A few pictures from below highlight the exciting lives of the previous owners Russ and Rusty Dow.  Russ Dow was a world-class downhill skier at Dartmouth who ultimately ended up in Alaska. Rusty Dow was primarily a truck driver, but also an artist.  A few notable achievements of hers were being the first woman to drive the ALCAN (the Alaska Canada Highway). She is also the first woman to drive through the Whittier tunnel. The land has a long history in agriculture.

The animals

We raise a variety of animals who also enjoy the surroundings on the Knik River at the base of Pioneer Peak. Although a variety of animals are raised they all have one thing in common, their ability to forage and thrive under free-range conditions.  All of the animals are selected for their hardiness and lack of reliance on commercial feeds, antibiotics or any other artificial inputs.  Regenerative sustainable farming practices that  improve the soil and lead to better animal health/ quality of life drive the livestock management decisons. 

Availability of products

Most of our harvest is processed and sold through USDA certified channels. This season our primary focus will be on waterfowl and pheasant. As the season progresses we will update the site on the availability of ducks, geese and pheasant.

horse and livestock equipment

We often find ourselves need of large outsized horse and livestock equipment. Sometimes we fabricate the items ourselves, but often we find the equipment in the lower 48.  Many times large items are unobtainable in Alaska due to logistics constraints. If we do find a way to get it up here we will typically order a full-truckload and sell the rest to other farmers/ranchers and those in the horse community.  

One such item are Wire Mesh Cattle Panels. The panels at 16 foot long are difficult to ship. We currently have a large stock of American-made wire mesh panels available. We are also looking at bringing up some of the more efficient round bale feeders. Some of the newer feeder designs create much less waste which is important in the lower 48, but critical here in Alaska due to the higher hay prices.