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May-June 2016 Newsletter
Miss Mark Winne's visit to Alaska June 14?  Good news!  He was gracious enough to allow us to record his webinar - click here to view it!
Support the AFPC Summer Fundraising Drive
Food nourishes us, it sustains us, it enriches us, and it connects us. The AFPC was founded in 2010 in recognition of the importance of working together to build a healthy food system for all Alaskans. Over the past several years, AFPC has made important strides in helping to meet this critical mission that impacts Alaskans deeply. 

And this month, we are asking our members to help us keep working to build a better food system by making a donation.

In the past AFPC's work has been supported by government funding. But now as with other important, state-supported projects we have to rely on other revenue sources to continue our work. In 2014, AFPC became its own 501c3 nonprofit and is driven by a committed volunteer Board of Directors with the support of one dedicated AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.  

Thanks to the dedication and collaboration with Alaskans like you, we've been able to:  We need your help to grow this important work. With your valued contribution to AFPC, we will: 
  • ADVOCATE for policies that support sustainable, local and affordable food choices for our communities while allowing local food businesses to grow.
  • CONNECT Alaskans like you through conferences, workshops, and special events like our Town Hall series.
  • RESEARCH the Alaskan food system and provide a library of food-related research about Alaska and Circumpolar communities.
Please help us in reaching our goal of 150 Alaskans donating a total of $3,000 to AFPC by September 15, 2016. 

Working together, we can make a positive difference across Alaska's food systems.
Introducing the Interior Alaska Food Network
The AFPC is excited to introduce our members statewide to the Interior Alaska Food Network (IAFN), a new group focused on improving food security in Fairbanks and the surrounding area.  Melissa Sikes and Lorinda Lhotka, members of the AFPC Governing Board, kept hearing from people in and around Fairbanks that a group like this was necessary and that they would like to participate.  As a result, they spearheaded the first meeting in March and since then the group has taken off with a lot of help from local advocates and supporters. 

Although the IAFN recognizes that there are many issues related to food security that they could focus on, they have chosen to start by building a stronger market Interior-grown products.  They are in the process of creating a "Golden Heart Grown" logo to be used on menus and in stores where products made in the Interior are sold. The group is also developing a directory of Interior related agriculture and food security businesses and organizations. 

The IAFN joins groups like the Sitka Local Foods Network working at a local and regional level towards the same goals that the AFPC promotes state-wide. In a state as large and diverse as Alaska, it is great to see local groups like this one working to make change happen on a local level. 

Interested in learning more about the IAFN?  Check out our website, join our listserv, or like us on Facebook
Thanks to the Bear Tooth for supporting the AFPC!
The Bear Tooth is donating a proceeds from every negroni to the Alaska Food Policy Council.  Through July 3!
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