Looking for things to do in Homer, Alaska?

Bring some Magic to Your Day

Tour our Artistic Timber Frame Buildings

Visit a Working Studio and See Art in the Making

Walk Through a Variety of Beautiful Gardens

Meet our animals, including Yeti, Our 2000 lb Pasture Ornament

See Unique Farmstead Tools and Innovations

Browse The Dean Gallery

Learn about our Solar Thermal & Wood Heating System

See Ranja's Enchanting Apple Tree Dollhouse

Relax and Enjoy Refreshments and Homestead Stories in Our Home

Come Adventure with us at the Dean Family Farm and Art Studios 

for a heartfelt, handmade, and one of a kind experience…

A treat for your creativity, serenity, and soul

Thank you Ranja and Jeff for an amazingly inspiring visit to your home, for sharing the beauty, the wit, the creativity and the loving soul of your life’s work and art, so far! We came away enriched! To everyone out there thinking of asking for a tour – make sure to get a visit in before everyone else hears about this hidden gem and you will have to stand in line to get to experience it. / Kindest regards Pernille and Niklas, Sweden
Ps. Looking forward to reading your book of magical encounters, when you’ve written it Ranja.

Pernille and Niklas


Rain or Shine, it’s looking pretty beautiful around here.

Our 2019 summer season runs from May 23 – September 30

Join Alaskan artists, Ranja and Jeff Dean for this unique, guided tour. 

You’ll be immersed in our creative Alaskan lifestyle as you meander through a menagerie of art and animals, gardens and architecture; from patchwork quilts to timber frame barns, towering beach logs and arched roofed structures,  innovative tools, farmstead gadgets and both fine and functional artwork.

Learn about life in Alaska, fitting with the climate, and following the seasons, about animal and plant breeds that thrive in the North, creative building, flower foods, wild foods, herbs, and herb drying.

You’ll visit working art studios and see art in the making.

The educational tour lasts around 2-1/2 hours, ending with a visit to The Dean Gallery and then into our home, for refreshments, homestead stories and a look at the apple tree dollhouse.

It’s a glimpse into the lives of an Alaskan family as we share a lifetime of inspiration, dedication, and diverse creative output. 

Our hope is to bring magic to your day and inspire and encourage you in your own originality.

Our farmstead, gallery, and studios are nestled among the red-caned wild roses, up against the hill and overlooking Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains. 
To visit Jeff and Ranja’s homestead is to step into an alternate reality, one filled with magic and beauty at every turn. The first thing that struck me on a visit to their place was the wonderfully unique architecture of their handmade buildings (house, workshop, barn, goat house, even the tool shed, chicken coops and rabbit hutches!) and the way they fit so perfectly into their environment, including the gardens which are every bit as beautiful as the structures.

Stepping inside their home I found delightful surprises around every corner – from homemade benches and quilts to a dollhouse, rounded countertops and beautifully worked doors and windows. Everything on the homestead is a testament to the imagination, creativity, and skill of the Deans.

And then there is the wonderful menagerie of unique animals that they have there – a yow, shaggy donkeys, goats, a grazing pig, etc. Every time I visit their homestead I come away inspired and with a silly grin on my face, thrilled to know a couple like Jeff and Ranja who have truly mastered the art of living and artful living.

As a local guide, I was excited to bring some of my guests out to the Dean homestead. They were as taken with the place as I was, and one guest told me afterward that her experience there had been ‘life-changing.’ I will certainly try to include a visit to the Deans with friends, family, and guests coming to Homer in the future! Carla Fabian

Local Guide

Here are a few of the things you’ll see and learn about.

  • Our well-equipped timber frame studio with its arched doorway and hammer-beam roof frame
  • Magical barns and animal houses
  • Beautifully landscaped herb, rock, and vegetable gardens
  • A large variety of Alaska hardy fruit trees and berry bushes
  • Unique and limited edition sculptures and artwork in bronze, wood and other materials
  • Original, Heat tinted, engraved steel wall art
  • Carved wood panels and Ink miniatures
  • An enchanting apple tree doll house
  • Beautiful, Ferro-cement rabbit houses
  • Rustic and unique animal breeds including:
  • Shaggy Donkeys
  • Wooly Milk Goats
  • Chickens
  • Yow (Yak/Cow-cross)
  • A sporty handmade donkey cultivator
  • Innovative solar thermal system with it’s custom software and controller
  • The versatile Timber Jig timber framing tool
  • Walk through garden tool shed, and more…

The Dean Gallery

The Dean Gallery features a wide range of art by Ranja, Jeff, and M’fanwy Dean, including large focal point works in engraved and heat tinted steel, bronze and wood sculptures, carved wood panels, and specialty prints on wood, metal, and paper.

The gallery walls and display units are built with reclaimed redwood from a tank Jeff dismantled in Haines, Alaska. Click Here to see details of how they were made.

In all my years as a lover of the artful melding of landscape and built environment, I have never seen such a high degree of creative diversity, magnificent craftsmanship, and architectural charm as the Deans have created. From the elfin chicken houses and rabbit warrens, the enchanting donkey and goat barns, the handmade house chocked full with a lifetime of artistic output, the prolific vegetable and herb gardens, and down to the last hand-hewn garden tool – it is inspiring to the highest degree and like nothing you have ever seen! Betsy Webb

Retired Curator of Collections, Pratt Museum

This place is magical. I can never describe it to people and do it justice. I have been to their place a million times and never cease to be surprised and enchanted each time. The thought and care put into every corner, every curve, and every surface makes the whole farm an intertwined piece of art. It is my favorite showcase of how to live thoughtfully, how to live with beauty, how to be intentional in the creation of our lives. That is no small task. For the first-time visitor, to see it all in a few hours will be overwhelming. No matter how many times you visit, you will leave questioning how you live your life, how you can bring more love and creativity into it. If nothing else, I bet you will leave at least wondering why your house has so many boring square corners. Kyra Wagner

Coordinator, Sustainable Homer

Zen-like Super Artist Land

Well worth the money! Every inch of this tour is an artistic adventure sure to stimulate your senses and inspire you. If you have any interest in art, architecture, alternative energy or anything DIY you are in for a big treat. The artistic attention to detail is extraordinary. 

Days later, I still find myself thinking of more questions I wished I asked Ranja and thinking of Bergie, the donkey that captured my heart. 

Words can’t really describe this tour, you’ll have to experience it yourself.


Homer, Alaska

These are a few details to keep in mind:

  • We’re located in Homer, Alaska on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. About 10 minutes from downtown, and 15 minutes from the airport. It’s an easy drive to find us. We don’t provide transportation but suggest you contact one of the local cab companies if you need to. Make sure they know to pick you up 2.5 hours after the start of the tour.
  • Tours are by reservation only.
  • Please book your tours online. For same day booking, we require a 2-hour minimum before the tour time.
  • We work hard to provide a quality experience, so please plan on spending at least two and a half hours with us. The walk distance itself is not long, but you’ll be outside much of the time. After the walk, we’ll visit the gallery and our home where we’ll gather for refreshments.
  • Your group may not be the only guests; we take up to twelve guests per tour.
  • Wear season/weather appropriate clothing. The weather here in Homer can change fairly quickly so be sure to come prepared.
  • If you arrive early, you may have to wait in your car while we finish preparing for your tour.
  • Our tours are by reservation only. This is our home; please respect that.

Prices are $65 per adult, $35 per child 3-12, under 3 free, prices can change seasonally. For safety purposes all children must be supervised by an adult at all times, children under 3 must be in a backpack carrier. Each tour has a two person or $130 minimum.

Hassle-free Cancellation Promise: We know travel plans change and sometimes it’s necessary to cancel. That’s why you may cancel your reservation for a full refund if you notify us 48 hours before your scheduled tour. No questions asked. We often have a waiting list so we can not refund if you do not notify us 48 hours before your tour.

For more information call or text 907-299-5175 or 907-299-4124

or send us an email.

The Dean Family Farm and Art Studios

We’re looking forward to meeting you…

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