Sheet’ká Kwáan to host traditional foods and medicines series

(UPDATED SCHEDULE)

Join Vivian Mork (Yéilk’, T’akdeintaan) and Naomi Michalsen (Kaasei, Wooshkeetaan Toos Hit) — for a series of events sharing traditional plants knowledge, including information on respectful stewardship, harvesting and processing practices. Participants may also help to prepare food and gifts for the Yaaw Koo.éex’ Herring Ceremony (1 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at Harrigan Centennial Hall).

Learn about spring vegetables, spring spices and spring medicinals, such as deer heart, fireweed shoots, fiddleheads, beach lovage, Labrador tea, sea chickweed, salmonberry shoots, dandelions, wild celery, plantain, watermelon berry shoots, popweed, usnea, devil’s club and more.

The Wednesday opening ceremony for the Traditional Foods & Medicine series has been CANCELLED due to weather. Please join us at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at Totem Park instead for a series introduction and plant identification walk. Additional schedule updates are below. Please help us spread the word. Details on what to bring to be prepared have also been added to the event description.

WEDNESDAY, April 6

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

THURSDAY, April 7

10am-Noon @ Totem Park. Series Introduction & Plant ID Walk.

2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvesting, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

FRIDAY, April 8

10am-Noon @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvesting, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvesting, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

SATURDAY, April 9

Noon @ Baranof Street Cross Trail Entrance. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

SUNDAY, April 10

Noon @ Baranof Street Cross Trail Entrance. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

TUESDAY, April 12
10am-Noon @ Location TBD. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.
2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

WEDNESDAY, April 13
10am-Noon @ Location TBD. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.
2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

Enjoy some tasty chowder or baguette sandwiches and support the Sitka Local Foods Network this week

Now you can eat tasty food and support local nonprofits. The Sitka Local Foods Network is one of five local nonprofit organizations participating in this winter’s Season of Giving at the Ludvig’s Bistro Chowder Cart, located in the historic Mill Building next to the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Stop by the Ludvig’s Chowder Cart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 1-4, and a portion of your meal purchase will benefit the Sitka Local Foods Network. The Sitka Local Foods Network is the fourth local nonprofit to have a week of support from the Ludvig’s Chowder Cart, joining the Sitka Homeless Coalition (Nov. 10-13), Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum (Nov. 17-20), and the Herring Protectors (Nov. 26-27). There will be one more nonprofit participating next week.

“The Sitka Local Foods Network is honored to be selected for the Ludvig’s Season of Giving,” SLFN board president Charles Bingham said. “We love to see local businesses helping support the community like this. Thanks to Ludvig’s chef/owner Colette Nelson for including us in this program and supporting local food security.”

The Sitka Local Foods Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the amount of locally produced and harvested food in the diets of Southeast Alaskans.

We accomplish our mission by growing fresh produce at St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm communal garden (located behind St, Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church), coordinating the Sitka Farmers Market (where we sell the produce and also offer a matching program for WIC/SNAP benefits), sponsoring the Sitka Food Business Innovation Contest (where a new business and an established business can win $1,500 each for using more local food in their products) and helping link Sitka residents to garden and food preservation/cooking education opportunities. 

If people are interested in volunteering or joining our board of directors, they can contact SLFN Board President Charles Bingham at sitkalocalfoodsnetwork@gmail.com or 907-623-7660.