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Posted in education, food security, Gardens, greenhouse, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, tagged Common Pests in Greenhouses, community garden, education, encouragement, food, garden, Gardening in Southeast Alaska, Integrated Pest Management program, Janice Chumley, Jasmine Shaw, pest management, produce, Sitka, UAF Cooperative Extension Service on April 24, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Posted in food security, Gardens, Sitka Local Foods Network, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm, tagged encouragement, farmers market, food, food security, garden, Laura Schmidt, produce, Sitka, Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Local Foods Network, St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm, The People's Garden, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, vegetables on April 19, 2017| Leave a Comment »
St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm is located behind St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church (601 Lincoln St.). This communal garden is where we grow most of the produce sold at the Sitka Farmers Markets during the summer. St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s The People’s Garden program. The People’s Garden works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities.
If you want to help us prepare the garden for planting, amend soil, clean up the garden, and plant seeds, contact St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm lead gardener Laura Schmidt at 738-7009 to let her know about your availability. During the spring, Laura usually is working in the garden most week days, and she’s looking for a couple of assistants each day instead of hosting a big work party on the weekends.
Posted in education, Food choices, food security, Gardens, Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Health Summit, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Local Foods Network board of directors, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm, tagged community garden, community greenhouse, education, encouragement, farmers market, Fish to Schools, food, food security, garden, produce, Sitka, Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Kitch, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Public Library, Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm on April 8, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Are you concerned about increasing access to local food for all Sitka residents? Are you worried about rising food prices in Sitka, or do you want to advocate for more community gardens in Sitka?
Please consider joining the board of directors for the Sitka Local Foods Network to help us grow in 2017. We also are trying to build up a pool of possible replacements for when we have three of our nine board spots up for reapplication at the end of each year. Sitka residents seem to want a lot of food-related projects each year (just look at this year’s Sitka Health Summit, when two were chosen), but we need board members to help make these projects happen.
Board members help direct the Sitka Local Foods Network, a non-profit that promotes the harvest and use of local food in Sitka. In addition to setting the focus of the group during our monthly meetings, board members also serve on at least one committee supporting at our three main projects of the Sitka Farmers Market, St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm, and garden education and mentoring. We also hope to help with the Sitka Community Gardens project as we look for a new location now that Blatchley Community Garden has been closed. In addition, some board members have supported other local foods projects in Sitka, such as the Sitka Kitch, Let’s Grow Sitka, the Sick-A-Waste compost project, the Sitka Community Food Assessment project, Sitka Fish-To-Schools, other school education projects and more.
To apply for a spot on the board, please fill out the application linked below and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please email us. Please note this is a working board, and our group is evolving and maturing as we try to raise funds to hire staff. Board terms are for three years, with three seats up for reapplication each winter.
We also are looking to increase our pool of volunteers who will help out during the various projects hosted by the network each year (no formal application needed, just send us your name/contact info and what types of projects you enjoy). We need volunteers to help with the upcoming Sitka Farmers Market, helping our lead gardener at St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm, and helping us teach gardening classes or working with our garden mentor program families.
The next regular Sitka Local Foods Network board meeting is from 6-7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at the Sitka Public Library meeting room (this is a change from our regular meeting place). The board usually meets from 6-8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the See House behind St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church (611 Lincoln St.). Please note, we will sometimes move our meetings to avoid conflicts with board member schedules, venue schedules and to insure a quorum. All of our board meetings are open to the public.
Posted in Food choices, Fundraisers for the Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Local Foods Network events, Sitka Local Foods Network fundraisers, tagged ANB Founders Hall, ANB Hall, arts and crafts, berries, carrots, education, encouragement, farmers market, fish, food, food security, halibut, kids' activities, lettuce, market, Matthew Jackson, potatoes, produce, salmon, Sitka, Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Local Foods Network, vegetables on April 5, 2017| Leave a Comment »
The Sitka Local Foods Network is seeking a manager to coordinate the 2017 Sitka Farmers Markets this summer. This is a contract position, and the manager receives a small compensation depending on experience for his or her work organizing the farmers markets this summer.
This will be the ninth year of operation for the Sitka Farmers Market, which features seven markets during the summer from July through September. The markets will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Sept. 2, and Sept. 9, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall. The farmers markets feature booths from local farmers/gardeners, local fishermen, and artisans and craftspeople. These events are great Sitka gathering places, and we promote local foods and other local goods at the markets.
This year we have new leadership for the market from within the Sitka Local Foods Network, and we are trying to streamline things so it’s easier for the market manager and vendors. We are not hiring an assistant manager this year, so all applicants will need to commit to be at all seven markets this year. In addition, the market manager needs access to a vehicle (for hauling signs and supplies around) and to the Internet.We have gone back to our 2015 vendor pricing, so hopefully we’ll be able to rekindle and bring the fun back to the market this year.
A detailed description of the market manager duties can be found at the link below. For more information or to submit applications, contact Charles Bingham at 1-907-623-7660, or you can email the Sitka Local Foods Network Board of Directors at email@example.com (please put “Sitka Farmers Market Manager” in the subject line).
Applications should include a cover letter, resumé and three recommendations, and they are due by 5 p.m. on
Friday, March 31 (Deadline extended to Saturday, April 15). The market manager of the Sitka Farmers Market is a seasonal contract position that reports to the Sitka Local Foods Network Board of Directors via a board liaison (Tiffany Justice).
Once we sign a contract with our market manager, we will announce a couple of meetings for potential vendors. We also will announce in the next few days an April class on cottage food business basics for those thinking about starting a home-based food business, and students taking that class will receive a reduction on their first table fee from the Sitka Farmers Market in 2017.
Posted in education, Food choices, food security, garden mentor program, Gardens, greenhouse, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Local Foods Network events, tagged berries, Brinnen Carter, carrots, community garden, container gardening, Cottage Foods Business Basics, education, encouragement, Everything You Need To Know About Trees, Extending Your Garden Season, food, food security, garden, Gardening in Sitka 101, Gardening in Southeast Alaska, Growing Garlic in Sitka, growing potatoes in Sitka, Jennifer Carter, Joshua Andresky, Jud Kirkness, Kathy Kyle, Kerry MacLane, Michelle Putz, Nina Vizcarrondo, potatoes, raising chickens, Sarah Lewis, Sitka, Sitka Local Foods Network education committee, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, UAS Sitka Campus on March 23, 2017|
Want to learn how to grow your own food? Are you new to Sitka and want to learn what veggies grow in our town? The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee has a list of free 2017 spring garden classes that can help you learn what to do and when to do it so you have a healthy garden.
This spring, all of our classes except one will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall (408 Marine Street, parking off Spruce Street). Each week will feature a different topic, and all classes are free (donations to the Sitka Local Foods Network will be accepted).
The class schedule is as follows:
- Gardening in Sitka 101 — March 30, taught by Michelle Putz
- Cottage Foods Business Basics — April 6, 6-8 p.m., Room 106, University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, taught by Sarah Lewis and Nina Vizcarrondo, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
- Growing Potatoes in Sitka — April 13, taught by Kathy Kyle
- Extending Your Garden Season — April 20, taught by Kerry MacLane
- Container Gardening — April 27, taught by Joshua Andresky
- Raising Chickens — May 4, taught by Joshua Andresky, Nina Vizcarrondo and Brinnen Carter
- Everything You Need To Know About Trees — Friday, May 19, taught by Jud Kirkness
- Growing Garlic in Sitka — Date TBA (toward the end of the summer), taught by Jennifer Carter
For more information about the classes, contact Jennifer Carter at 747-0520. Other classes may be added at a later date if we find volunteers to teach them.
Posted in education, Food choices, food security, Gardens, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, tagged berries, carrots, community garden, Cornell University, education, encouragement, eXtension Foundation, food, food security, garden, Geisel Software, Grow & Tell app, Grow and Tell app, Heidi Rader, Jeff Fay, lettuce, potatoes, produce, projects, Tanana Chiefs Conferece, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, vegetables on March 23, 2017|
Heidi Rader describes the new Grow & Tell app and website she developed as “essentially Yelp for gardeners.”
Rader teaches gardening and farming as the tribes Extension educator for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Tanana Chiefs Conference. She also reaches gardeners and farmers from around the state through distance-delivered courses.The free app, which was released Tuesday, allows gardeners in the United States to see what vegetable varieties grow best in their areas based on what other gardeners say. The app also invites gardeners to act as citizen scientists and rate the varieties that they have grown for taste, yield and reliability.
Vegetable variety trials conducted in Fairbanks show what grows well here, she said but not in other areas of the state.
“That works pretty well for me but not for people, say, in Arctic Village or Nome,” she said.
Rader hopes that lots of gardeners will rate crops, which will make the app more useful for others. “It’s citizen scientists conducting variety trials where they live,” she said.
The app is available on the App Store for iPhones, Google Play for android phones or as a website at www.growandtell.us. Development of the app was funded by a grant from the eXtension Foundation to promote innovation in the Cooperative Extension Service. To keep the app free, Rader said, Extension will seek sponsorships to pay for updates, fixes and regular maintenance. Additionally, event advertising can also be purchased and targeted to app users locally, by state or nationally.
Rader hopes to expand the app to capture ratings on other plants used in the landscape and garden, including trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and berries.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks recognized Rader with a 2016 Invent Alaska Award for her work on the app. Cornell University contributed ratings that it had already collected as well as lessons learned from operating a similar citizen science project. A Boston-based company, Geisel Software, built the app. For more information, contact Heidi Rader at firstname.lastname@example.org.