About Calypso

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center is an educational farm in Ester, Alaska, offering hands-on education programs for people of all ages.

Established in 2000, Calypso has grown to host an array of educational programs from farming and homesteading, to blacksmithing and fiber arts. The farm itself is a diversified 3 acres of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers, nestled in the boreal forest. Shetland sheep, dairy goats, bees and chickens are integrated into the farm ecosystem.

Our Mission is to encourage local food production and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems.

Calypso Staff

Calypso is operated by a small, year-round leadership team, as well as many other staff members who make our programs run throughout the year.

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Southside Market Steering Committee

The Southside Steering Committee is made up of South Fairbanks neighborhood residents and beginning farmers. Established in 2018, the committee leads the on-going development and operations of the Southside Community Farmers Market.

Richard Bratten
Heidi Cook

Christel Emery
Roxie Fambro

Brandie Hickman
Doran Hickman
Kimba & Z Manning
Liann Peryea

Board of Directors

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Lynn Basham

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Kathleen Boyle

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Liann Peryea

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Contact us if you're interested in getting involved with Calypso’s Board or Advisory Committees!

In Memoriam


The following people are listed in memory and in honor of their amazing contributions to Calypso and the Fairbanks Community.

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Dotty Harris was a founding member of the Southside Market's neighborhood steering committee and was a huge part of the Southside family since the very beginning. She was an incredible advocate for families and children in Fairbanks, and personally coordinated hundreds of food deliveries to families in need in our community.

A permanent fund has been established in Dotty's honor to support continued food relief efforts in the Fairbanks community.

Annual Reports/Yearly Summaries
2020
2021
2022
2023

Looking for an Annual Report not listed above? Contact us for a copy!