June 2016 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Board of directors — Michelle Putz, president; Matthew Jackson, vice president; Kathy Jones, treasurer; Brandie Cheatham, secretary; Charles Bingham, communications director; Jennifer Carter; Edith Johnson, Ben Timby, Chris Todd.

Sitka trollers launch Edible Alaska mag

Sitka commercial trollers David Whitmire and Mary Smith have launched a magazine about Alaska food called Edible Alaska, which printed its first 40-page issue the last week of May. 

The magazine will feature  recipes, do-it-yourself guides, chef profiles, info about growing your own food, hunting and fishing, some food policy issues, and more. David and Mary also want to feature cultural connections with food, food security issues, and other stories, so Edible Alaska is more than just a foodie magazine. 

To learn more about the new magazine, read our story at this link.

We still have openings on our board of directors

The Sitka Local Foods Network is recruiting new board members to help us finish out 2016 and take us into 2017. Due to some unexpected life changes, a couple of our current board members are going to be leaving us this summer. That means we need to fill their spots as we continue in our mission to increase the amount of locally produced and harvested foods in the diets of Southeast Alaskans. We found two new board members, but need at least one more for 2016 and others for 2017.

Our board is a working board, which means each board member also sits on one or more of our committees related to the Sitka Farmers Market, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm, education, fundraising, board development, etc.  Even though we work hard, we have a lot of fun as we work on improving the food security of Sitka and Southeast Alaska. To learn more about what it takes to be a board member and to fill out an application, click this link.

Also, feel free to attend our next board meeting from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the See House behind St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church. Our board meetings are always open to the public.

Sitka Farmers Market dates set, vendors needed

The dates for the 2016 Sitka Farmers Markets have been set, and this year we will host seven markets, the most ever. Our markets this year will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, July 2, 16, 30, Aug. 13, 20, Sept. 3, and Sept. 10, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall (235 Katlian Street). Lisa Gilardi has been contracted to be our Sitka Farmers Market manager this year.

The markets will undergo a few changes for the 2016 market season, including a new management structure this year that is more vendor-driven. We restructured our vendor fees to put more of an emphasis on local food and produce, and now we're recruiting folks to sell their local products at the markets. Click this link to learn how you can become a vendor.

Second batch of 2016 garden mentor classes announced

The second batch of two classes for 2016 have been announced as the Sitka Local Foods Network garden education committee launches its third year of the garden mentor program. Our garden mentor program provides one-on-one mentoring to Sitka families who are new to gardening, but the classes are open to the public. Our participating families can be in the program for two years, as they learn to grow a variety of different crops that do well in Sitka. Click here to learn more about the program.

Shellfish advisory issued for Southeast beaches

The SouthEast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research (SEATOR) project coordinated by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska on Wednesday, May 26, issued a harmful algal bloom warning for shellfish harvested in four Southeast Alaska communities. The warning is for shellfish harvested on Starrigavan Beach in Sitka, Graveyard Beach in Craig, the Klawock Boat Launch, and Sandy Beach in Petersburg.

"The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Lab (STAERL) has been collecting shellfish samples to test for biotoxins, specifically paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP)," STAERL announced in a press release. “Recent samples on May 25, 2016, confirm that clams at the following beaches have elevated levels of toxins above the FDA regulatory limit of 80µg/100g and should not be harvested at this time.”

This is the second advisory of the spring for Starrigavan Beach in Sitka (the other was May 6). The recent advisory includes butter clams, littleneck clams and mussels. To learn more about the shellfish advisory, go to this link

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