April 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; one vacancy

Learn how to build a raised garden bed

Raised garden beds are great for growing food in Southeast Alaska. Not only do they allow the soil to warm up earlier in the spring, which allows for early planting and a longer growing season, but they help keep down garden pests. They also can make it easier for someone who has problems bending over or needs to work from a wheelchair to garden. Read our story to learn more about how to build a simple raised garden bed.
As you plant your garden this spring, please Plant a Row for the Hungry. This is an international program about growing food for those less fortunate that has its roots in Alaska. Read our story.

Sitka Farmers Market seeks manager and assistant

The Sitka Local Foods Network is searching for a manager and assistant manager to run the 2015 Sitka Farmers Market. These are contracted positions, and it's a good way to make a little bit of money this summer while helping celebrate local foods and arts and crafts. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, and more details, including a job description, can be found on our website.

This year you can help celebrate Independence Day by attending the first Sitka Farmers Market from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall (235 Katlian St.). Then there will be markets every other Saturday until Sept. 12. Our dates this year are July 4 and 18, Aug. 1, 15 and 29, and Sept. 12. All six markets are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ANB Founders Hall. Don't forget we accept WIC and SNAP farmers market benefits, for those people in those supplemental nutrition programs.

If you are interested in being a vendor, we have updated forms, policies, and other information available here. Watch our website for information about pre-market meetings to learn more.
Learn about upcoming classes
Watch our website for updates on a variety of free garden education classes offered by the Sitka Local Foods Network and other groups. We just announced our first two classes from the garden mentor program. Click here for info about our other spring classes.
In 2015, please support us in Pick.Click.Give.

Tuesday, March 31, is the filing deadline for the 2015 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, and this year the Sitka Local Foods Network hopes you support us in the Pick.Click.Give. charitable giving program.

Your support helps us in our mission to promote and encourage the growing, harvesting and eating of local foods in Sitka and Southeast Alaska. Your contributions support the Sitka Farmers Market, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm communal garden, educational programs on growing and preserving local food, the sustainable use of traditional foods, and other local foods-oriented programs in Sitka. 

Here's how it works. Eligible Alaskans can file for their PFDs from Jan. 1 to March 31. Go to and follow the application's directions. Near the end of your application you'll be asked if you want to participate in the charitable giving program. Click yes, and you'll be taken to the Pick.Click.Give. part of the application. Search for the Sitka Local Foods Network and add a contribution in multiples of $25. There are more than 500 participating nonprofits from around the state, including 22 from Alaska. 
Even though the PFD application deadline is in March, Alaskans have until Aug. 31 to go back into their PFD applications to update and add new Pick.Click.Give. donations. 

Anybody who makes a Pick.Click.Give. donation will be entered into the Double Your Dividend Sweepstakes, where 10 lucky Alaskans win a second PFD. We thank you for your support.
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