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Alaska Food Conference & Festival – Requests for Abstracts
 
We are excited to announce that the presentation, workshop, and poster abstract submission portal is now open for the 2017 Alaska Food Policy Council Food Conference and Festival (November 3-4, 2017).  This third semi-annual event will be held in Fairbanks. 
 
The Alaska Food Conference and Festival is an opportunity for presenters and attendees to learn more about -- and engage in -- the various issues affecting Alaska’s food system.  The goals of the conference and festival are to: (1) increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population; (2) provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision makers; and (3) increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions.
 
We encourage you to share this announcement with those who may be interested in presenting and/or attending. 
 
Questions regarding abstract submission can be directed to Liz H. Snyder, AFPC Co-Chair at ehodges4@alaska.edu.  Questions pertaining to all other conference/festival details can be directed to Lorinda Lhotka, AFPC Co-Chair at lorinda.lhotka@alaska.gov.
 
Please stay tuned for additional details pertaining to the agenda and vendor registration.
 
We look forward to seeing you in November!
-The AFPC Conference Planning Committee
 
Full abstract submission link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFPC2017
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Bookmark the new AFPC Website!
 
Check out our brand new website! Great information about AFPC, our semi-annual Alaska Food Conference & Festival, food system research and resources, and more.
Partnering to Help Alaska Ag!
The Alaska Food Policy Council is working with AgriLogic Consulting, LLC (AgriLogic) on the USDA Crop Insurance and Risk Management Education Project in Alaska. AgriLogic provides risk analysis products and services to the agricultural industry and currently has a USDA grant to provide training on the various USDA programs and resources available to Alaska farmers. Visit the AFPC - Crop Insurance webpage for information on upcoming in-person and webinar workshops, scheduling on-farm appointments, and Alaska-specific crop and insurance program information.
Alaska Agriculture Day is the first Tuesday in May each year and was established to recognize the many contributions of the agricultural industry in Alaska. This year's date is May 2nd, 2017 and may be observed by celebratory events, projects, and activities directed at or involving people of all ages to increase their awareness and appreciation of Alaska agriculture and agriculture in general. Consider celebrating Alaska Ag day somehow in your community. Go into a school, organize an outreach table at your local grocery store, try a poster contest or other creative ways to celebrate Alaska Ag. Take a picture of how you celebrated and share it on our AFPC Facebook Page!
UPCOMING FOOD SYSTEM EVENTS
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm is coming to Alaska for a series of lectures and workshops in Anchorage (May 1, 4 & 5), Fairbanks (May 2), and Juneau (May 3). See the Alaska Design Forum for more details and registration for all events.
Free Gardening Workshops in Fairbanks- The Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a series of gardening workshops in April and May. You can find more information here.
Call for Food Bloggers/Home Chefs
We are looking for food bloggers/home chefs to participate in the North by North Festival taking place in Anchorage May 12-14.  The festival will highlight culture(s) of the circumpolar north and events include a film festival showcasing the best of northern films, DJs from the arctic countries, and demonstrations by northern chefs.

We are looking for food bloggers/home chefs to show off their skills during an event taking place on the rooftop of the 5th avenue/B street parking garage.  If interested or for more details please contact Bree at nxnfestival@gmail.com
Palmer Mayor Recognizes AmeriCorps VISTA Workers on Day for National Service. Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries proclaimed April 4, 2017 as Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. The day spotlights the impact of citizen service, supports national service groups, and inspires others to serve in their communities. Mayor DeVries recognized AmeriCorps VISTA workers Kerry Nelson and David Robinson, for their work in increasing the community and state-wide impact of Spring Creek Farm educational farm and the Alaska Farm to Summer Meal Site program, a mini-grant program focused on education and involvement of children and youth in gardening and healthy food choices.

 

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