September 2015 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Board of directors — Lisa Sadleir-Hart, president; Matthew Jackson, vice president; Maybelle Filler, treasurer; Alli Gabbert, secretary; Charles Bingham, communications director; Michelle Putz; Jennifer Carter; Brandie Cheatham; Kathy Jones

Two weeks left for Sitka Sound Suppers

Eating local in Sitka can be an amazing experience. We have wide variety of high-quality seafood, including five types of salmon, halibut, blackcod, dozens of varieties of rockfish, ling cod, Alaska king crab, Dungeness crab, scallops, spot prawns, yum. There also is Sitka black-tailed deer and other wild game. And there’s nothing like the taste of fresh produce from the garden, and our berries are exquisite.

Now you can experience the best of Sitka’s local food scene with Sitka Sound Suppers: A Chef-To-Table Experience, a fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network. Please note we have updated our fundraiser since we first announced it in July.

Three Sitka chefs — Kathy Jones (Westmark/Dock Shack), Edith Johnson (Fly-In Fish Inn), and Jackie Barmoy (former owner of Loaves and Fishes in Seattle) — have volunteered their talents to prepare a totally local meal that will be brought to your Sitka home for you to enjoy.

This fundraiser has three donation levels and several meals will be available at each level — $500 for a local Sitka dinner for two people, $1,000 for a dinner for four people, or $2,000 for a dinner for eight people. The fundraiser runs through our last Sitka Farmers Market on Sept. 12, and the meals will be served this fall when you and the chef set a date. For more details, click this link.

Speaking of fundraising, don't forget you still can add Pick.Click.Give. donations to your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend application before Aug. 31. This year's check is expected to be about $2,100, so help share the wealth with a few Sitka nonprofit organizations, including the Sitka Local Foods Network. You can learn more by clicking this link.  For those of you outside of Alaska or not eligible for a PFD, you can donate online at our secure website. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Garden mentor program recruits new families

For a third year (2015-16), the Sitka Local Foods Network (SLFN) education committee wants to help families in Sitka learn how easy it can be to grow some of their own food. We are looking for up to three families who would like to learn about and try vegetable gardening in their own backyard through our Family Garden Mentor project.

The Sitka Local Foods Network will provide all materials — soil, lumber, seeds, etc. — free to the participating families. Families will be expected to provide the labor, enthusiasm for gardening, and healthy appetites to eat the vegetables they grow. To learn more about the program, click this link.

Only one Sitka Farmers Market left this summer

It's hard to believe the summer has flown by so quickly, but the final Sitka Farmers Market of the season is coming up. The Sitka Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall.

So far this summer we've held five Sitka Farmers Markets, and slideshows are available from all of them. Our markets so far have been July 4, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, and Aug. 29 (click dates for links to slideshows).

Also, if you’ve ever wanted to be a vendor you can learn more by clicking this link or sending an email to We always need new vendors, especially those selling produce from their home gardens, commercially caught fish or locally baked bread.

Saving seeds improves food security, and is act of defiance

Farmers have been saving seeds for thousands of years, but in recent years saving seeds also has become an act of defiance. Saving seeds is a way to preserve and improve the biodiversity of your crops, while also thumbing your nose at agribusiness giants such as Monsanto who have made it difficult and even illegal for small farmers to save their own seeds.

In Sitka, saving seeds means preserving the best crops that grow in our rainy climate. You also can share seeds among friends to help them get the best varieties of a particular crop. Click here to learn more about saving seeds.

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