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October 2015 Newsletter
The AFPC At Work: AFPC Sponsors A Farmstand at the University of Alaska Anchorage!
In September, the AFPC collaborated with the Division of Agriculture, Kyla Byer's produce delivery business Arctic Harvest Deliveries, and UAA student Devin Johnson to host a farm stand at the University every Tuesday and Thursday.  The pilot program was funded by a USDA specialty Crop Block Grant Program, with the AFPC serving as fiscal sponsor.  For more information on the farm stand, check out this KTUU story.  
*Photo by Kyla Byers
Celebrate Farm to School Month this October!
Farm to School month is a time to recognize the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food. Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.

Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved!
  • Hold a special day or event that features a food producer or local chef and talk with students and faculty about local food.
  • Invite a food producer, local chef, or expert from the community to come talk to your class about the food system.
  • Assign a class project to search the media for news related to Farm to School.
  • Host a taste test comparing local and grocery store produce to see what is the most popular.
  • Participate in a Local Lunch Day at the school if they offer one.
Over the past decade, the farm to school movement has exploded across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario.

For more information about the Alaska Farm-to-School program, or if you have any questions, contact Farm to School Program Coordinator (and new AFPC Governing Board member) Johanna Herron at johan­na.herron@alaska.gov or (907) 761-3870.
Calling all Alaskan Cookers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers!
Now accepting vendor applications for the


Food Festival & Conference
February 26-28, 2016
Our inaugural festival in November 2014 was a huge success with over 300 guests.  We are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in February 2016.

If you are interested in being a vendor at our 2016 conference, sign up here. 

If you are interested in attending the 2016 conference, check out our website here. 

Registration will go live soon, so keep an eye on out!  And please let us know at the email below if you are interested in volunteering.
Meet the New Members of the AFPC Board!
Brian Himelbloom's academic background is in food science (Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1985) with a minor in microbiology.  Last year, he attained the international credential of Certified Food Scientist. Brian has been on the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks since late 1987, where he conducts research in seafood safety and quality at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Brian's most recent projects have been to evaluate a commercial test kit for use in diagnosing paralytic shellfish poison in subsistence clams and to test liquid smoke as a possible deterrent to the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes
which may contaminate cold-smoked salmon. He teaches courses about seafood, fish diseases and marine microbiology at the undergraduate level and primarily via video-conferencing. He serves on the Alaska Food Safety Advisory Committee which provides guidance to the Food Safety and Sanitation Program within the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
 
He is interested in working with the AFPC to increase local and wild Alaska food consumption, educate K-12 students about good nutritious food, processing and culinary preparations, reduce food wastage, and increase composting for backyard and community gardeners.
Upcoming Food and Farming Events:
The Alaska Farm Bureau's Friday Forum, Banquet and Annual Meeting
November 13-14, 2015

 
Registration is open for the Alaska Farm Bureau’s Friday Forum, Banquet and Annual meeting, this November 13-14 in Anchorage. To register, click here, or contact Executive Director Amy Seitz with any questions at Amy.Seitz@gmail.com.

Friday Forum
Friday, November 13
Have you considered using artificial insemination (AI) to bring in new genetics to your livestock operations?  Interested in American Farm Bureau’s rural development programs?  Come to the Friday Forum to learn more!  You’ll also hear from the folks at Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, get information on small-scale poultry exemptions, learn about Alaska’s Product Preference Program and more! 

Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 14
The Board of Directors have been working hard drafting a strategic plan for the Alaska Farm Bureau to present to the membership at the Annual meeting on November 14th.  You’ll want to be there for discussions on that plan as well as setting Alaska Farm Bureau priorities for the coming year.  We’ll also be getting a report from the Farm Bureau’s livestock committee on Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage discussions.
 
Don't miss the banquet on Friday night, with Agriculture Comedian Jay Hendren providing some live entertainment!  And if you arrive on Thursday night you can attend a free workshop on Crowdfunding: Successfully Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges.

 
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