Posted in Farms, Food choices, food security, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, Sitka Local Foods Network events, tagged Alaska Far Away, Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, All About Alaska Grown, Five Reasons To Choose Alaska Grown, food security, food security challenges in Alaska, Harrigan Centennial Hall, Rep. Geran Tarr, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Public Library on March 13, 2017|
Food security can be a precarious thing in Alaska, where 90-95 percent of our food has to be shipped here from the Lower 48 or elsewhere. In honor of the third annual Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, join us for two short, free movies on the theme of “All About Alaska Grown” from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.
The first movie, “Alaska Far Away,” is about an hour long and tells the story of the New Deal colonists who settled in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys to farm during the 1930s. The second movie, “Five Reasons To Choose Alaska Grown,” is about 30 minutes and features interviews with Alaska farmers about why they enjoy Alaska Grown produce.
The movies, which also are showing in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau during the week of March 13-17, are coordinated by the office of Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), who has introduced several bills over the years to improve Alaska’s food security. The Sitka showing of the films is co-hosted by the Sitka Local Foods Network and Sitka Public Library.
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Posted in Farms, Gardens, Local food in the news, tagged Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), CSA, Down-To-Earth U-Pick Garden, garden, Gardening in Southeast Alaska, Lori Adams, weekly CSA shares on March 5, 2017|
Down-To-Earth U-Pick Garden will be changing formats in 2017. It will no longer be a u-pick garden open to the public and will become a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program where local residents can subscribe and receive regular boxes of fresh veggies, berries, eggs and other items.
“After eight years of business Down To Earth U-Pick Garden will no longer be open to the public,” Lori wrote in an email. “Starting this year we will be selling weekly CSA shares to a select group of customers who are committed to supporting locally grown food.”
At this time, Lori said she has 20 subscribers to get through her first season and isn’t looking for new subscribers. She didn’t say if she will continue to have a booth (or farm truck) at the Sitka Farmers Market this summer to sell extra produce. Her book, Gardening in Southeast Alaska, is still available at local book and garden stores.
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Posted in education, Farms, Food choices, food security, Gardens, greenhouse, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit, tagged aquaponics, biomass heated greenhouses, business planning, cold storage, community supported agriculture, crop values, farm finances, farmers, farming, Farms, food safety, fruit trees, future of farming, Haines, high tunnels, Lia Heifetz, Megan Talley, Seed saving, Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit, Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition on January 12, 2017|
Share lessons learned and techniques for overcoming challenges of commercially growing food in Southeast Alaska; learn specific skills, technology, and research that contribute to commercial farming success and efficiency; connect with new and experienced farmers to build an inspiring network.
Early bird registration is now open for the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit 2017, the second biennial summit designed to bring together experienced and aspiring commercial growers and support agencies. The summit will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 24-26, at the Chilkat Center in Haines. A discounted registration rate is available to attendees who register on or before Friday, Jan. 20. Travel and registration scholarships are available.
The conference will feature presentations from experienced commercial growers and support agencies, and topical discussions and panels to share resources and lessons learned. Speakers include Doug Collins, Extension Faculty and Soil Scientist with Washington State University’s Small Farms Program; Megan Talley, Farm Manager and Educator at Alaska Pacific University; and experienced farmers from Southeast Alaska; among others.
“This will be an opportunity for commercial growers of Southeast Alaska to learn from each other, find opportunities to collaborate, and build a network that can leverage everyone’s efforts,” said Lia Heifetz, Local Food Director for Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition. “Many resources will be shared over the course of the weekend – from financial planning for small farms to innovative solutions for soil building, policy implications for agriculture, and much more.”
Other topics to be addressed at the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit include:
- On Farm Food Safety
- Building your Farm Community
- Planning for a CSA
- The Future of Seed Saving in Alaska
- High Tunnel Applications and Innovations
- Electric and Walk-in Cold Storage for your Farm
- Biomass Heated Greenhouses and Aquaponics
- Per Foot Crop Values for Market Sales
- Using Local Amendments to Improve Soil Quality
- Fruit Trees and Grafting Techniques
- Policy and Initiatives
- Building a Future of Farming with Internships and Education
- Business Planning and Farm Finances
For more information and to register for the conference, please visit this website, http://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/safs2017/, or contact Lia Heifetz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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