When folks back home learned we were moving to Alaska their reply was “you must be insane!” Hence, the name “Insanity Acres.” The name may sound like a joke but we can assure you our farming operation certainly is not.
Insanity Acres is a 3600 acre family farm located approximately 12 miles off the Alaska Highway in the agricultural area commonly known as the “Barley Project", the largest agricultural area in the State of Alaska. Situated in a large valley, the snow covered Alaska Range makes a breathtaking backdrop for the purple Granite Mountains in the forefront. The Gerstle and Tanana Rivers merge at the base of the tree covered mountains rising to the north. The Alaska Range is also visible to the east and west along with other mountain ranges making this area one of the most beautiful in the state.
Crops grown in the project are barley, oats, seed grasses, hay and potatoes which are marketed within the State of Alaska. Straw from the oats and barley is baled and sold as well. The project also boasts elk farms, a yak farm and a bison farm.
At Insanity Acres we grow oats, barley and hay. We also produce a few potatoes for our own use. Our straw is baled and sold to dog mushers as bedding for their sled dogs. We provide certified straw for the Yukon Quest - 1000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. Insanity Acres has been a sponsor of the Yukon Quest for several years.
2005 Cooperator of the Year!
Insanity Acres was chosen as the 2005 Cooperator of the Year for their involvement with both SWCD and NRCS programs. Randy Peterson accepted the award for his family at the Delta Farm Forum in March. The Cooperator of the Year is awarded annually to District Cooperators who show commitment to protect and conserve soil, water, prime and unique farmland, rangeland, woodland, wildlife and other renewable resources on local land. The Cooperator of the Year Award (or Goodyear Award) has been awarded in Delta Junction since 1967. (Salcha-Delta Soil & Water Conservation District, Conservation Corner)
2002 Cooperator of the Year!
"Insanity Acres, a farming partnership between Bobby and Brenda Peterson and their son and his wife, Randy and Becky Peterson, has been named as the 2002 Cooperator of the Year. Insanity Acres is located in the Sawmill Creek area and produces hay and grain. The Peterson family was honored for their commitment to quality farming practices and their active land stewardship, which led to the successful installation of a Conservation Reserve Program wildlife pond. The pond was the result of a cooperative effort between the Petersons, NRCS and the District. A "Cooperator of the Year" sign was presented to Randy Peterson at the 2003 Annual Delta Farm Forum. The award ceremony was followed by a presentation from Peterson on the development and installation of their wildlife pond".