Mike Emers is the owner of Rosie Creek Farm, an eight acre certified organic farm outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Rosie Creek Farm has been in operation since 1998 and is the farthest north certified organic farm in the United States. It markets its produce and cut flowers through a one hundred member community supported agriculture (CSA) program, at the Tanana Valley Farmer’s market and to several restaurants from Fairbanks to Denali National Park. Its gross sales of produce and cut flowers exceed $100,000 annually.
Mike and Rosie Creek Farm have been recognized both locally and nationally for work in sustainable agriculture. Mike has received an honorable mention for the Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the USDA, an award for New Voices in American Agriculture at the 2008 New American Farm conference, and has received grants from SARE for agricultural research and from the State of Alaska’s Agricultural Innovation program.
Mike has served as president of the board of directors of the Tanana Valley Farmers Market, is currently one of the organizers of the Alaska Community Agriculture Association, (an information exchange and coalition group of small-scale community oriented grower), and had been an organizer for the annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference.
Mike has a MS in Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington and has worked as a research scientist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and ABR Inc.