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Alaska Food Policy Council:
2020 Spring Quarterly Newsletter


Happy Alaska Agriculture Day!!
 
Governor Dunleavy has officially decreed May 15, 2020 Alaska Agriculture Day to :encourage all Alaskans to support local agriculture by seeking out and purchasing products produced and grown in Alaska and to appreciate the agricultural industry’s significant contributions to the well-being of the state."

Spring is in full swing - birds are migrating, the ground is thawing, and starts are going into the ground.  Read through our quarterly newsletter to learn more about what's happening in Alaska's food system. If you have something you'd like us to share, please email info@alaskafoodpolicycouncil.org. 
 
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This documentary features food insecurity in Alaska and the importance of small farms, working together as an industry, and sustainability.
(Click above to watch, or visit AgriLogic)
The Alaska Food Policy is growing! Along with hiring our first-ever Executive Director at the beginning of the year, we've recently welcomed three new members to our governing board.  With new skills, interests, and talents, AFPC increases its capacity to support a stronger, more resilient food system for all Alaskans!

Welcome to the team:
New Board members (from left clockwise): Ronalda Anganson, Evie Witten, & Heidi Rader; and ED Robbi Mixon


Learn more about our new team members here!
A full house at our May AFPC Governing Board Meeting
AFMA's 2020 Alaska Farmers Market Directory
Farmers Market Season is starting! Remember...
Alaska Farmland Trust's Market Infographics
Check out our comprehensive food systems resources collection- the spreadsheet is opensource - feel free to add your own helpful resources!
There is a lot of information out there on what’s in the COVID 19 relief packages. On this page you’ll find several links to resources on these packages. There are also links to pages that are good to keep monitoring to stay up to date on what’s happening with COVID-19 and farming. 

COVID 19 RESOURCES FOR ALASKA FARMERS
The Alaska Farm Bureau is accepting applications for small agriculture education projects to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of Alaska agriculture in our youth.  The Alaska Farm Bureau intends to award up to $11,500.00 in grants to individuals or organizations across the state.

This year we would expect all awardees to follow any health mandates in effect and making sure everyone is staying healthy and safe.

For an application, contact amy.seitz@gmail.com

ACTION ALERT: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Click here to read the letter (efforts led by Alaska Children’s Trust & Food Bank of Alaska) providing recommendations to Governor Dunleavy around important child nutrition programs, including:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
  • Child Nutrition Programs
If you want to join us in signing the letter, please email with your name, title, and affiliation by Wednesday, May 20th at 5 p.m.
Live, from the comfort of your couch, the Brewer’s Guild of Alaska and Peak 2 Peak Events bring you a series of virtual beer tours and tastings. Grab your crowlers, cans and bottles and join us for six sipping sessions with some of your favorite AK breweries and the brewers who make the incredible beers.

Don't miss out on Alaska's first ever virtual Beer Fest! Stay safe, learn a thing or brew, all while supporting the Food Bank of Alaska and the Brewer's Guild of Alaska.
Urban... Suburban... Self-sufficient... Sustainable... Don't be defined by WHERE you live but by HOW you live. The Anchorage Museum’s Urban Harvest series teaches traditional skills for modern sustainable living. Using home remedies... Creating a low-waste kitchen... Bee-keeping... Harvesting and preserving food. Learn traditional skills, their rich histories and cultural influences.

Foraging Fungi:  6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26
Fermenting Summer Vegetable Bounty: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16
  • Kenai Peninsula agent Casey Matney is leading a spring series on lawn and garden topics from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Upcoming classes include: Preparing Your Garden Soil for Planting and Warming Your Soil, May 19; and Direct Seeding and Transplanting into the Garden, May 21. Register 
     
  • Juneau agent Sarah Lewis will teach A Cultured Brunch: Making Sourdough and Yogurt and Cooking with Sourdough from 7-9 p.m. May 16 and 10 a.m.-noon May 17. Register today.
     
  • Jodie Anderson of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center will teach the ins and outs of grilling in Grilling While You're Chilling, at 6 p.m. May 21. She will cook a pork shoulder steak and a Cornish game hen and share grilling tips. Register here for this Third Thursday event. Register here
     
  • Gearing Up for Gardening, Planting trees and shrubs, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 18
Seeds Outside is happening every Tuesday and Thursday until Mid-August, from 12-2, at Steller Secondary School, Anchorage

Seeds youth and Kelly have partnered with Steller Secondary School to grow in the Steller garden space. Just a short walk away from Seeds, the Steller garden area helps to increase the space youth are able to grow in, and serve more members of our community. The outside space makes it possible for community members to come volunteer, learn about outdoor gardening, and maintain appropriate physical distancing. 

Interested in learning more and lending a hand? Sign up here. We're asking all volunteers to bring a mask and limiting the number of folks volunteer at one time to help keep everyone safe. 

Thursdays through June, 2020 at 3 PM – 5 PM

 

TOPIC: Thursday, May 21st:
Cross-Comparing Online Sales Options/Platforms for Farms



 Looking to build an online store for your Ag business? We're discussing different platforms to get you up and running- free sites through Square, plug-ins for existing websites, costs, ease, etc. We've been sorting through it so that you can spend more of your time farming. 

Hosted by AFMA, Homer Soil & Water Conservation District and Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center

ZOOM LINK: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/691059680 

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