July 2018 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Board of directors — Charles Bingham, president/communications director; Ben Timby, vice president; Tiffany Justice, treasurer; Nina Vizcarrondo, secretary/Sitka Farmers Market manager; Laura Schmidt, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm lead gardener (honorary board member); Jennifer Carter (honorary board member); we have space for you on our board.

First Sitka Farmers Market is on Saturday

The first Sitka Farmers Market of the summer takes place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall. We will have seven markets this summer — from 10 a.m. t0 1 p.m. on seven Saturdays, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, and Sept. 15. We have some new vendors signed up this year, and we've expanded our Alaska Grown selection at the Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand. We also are pleased to announce we will have a fish vendor or two this year, after not having a regular fish vendor the past couple of years. Are you interested in being a vendor at the Sitka Farmers Market? The Sitka Local Foods Network has posted information about how to become a vendor on its site. We are looking for local produce vendors, home-baked bread vendors, fish vendors, home preserve vendors, and arts and crafts vendors. We even have room for food trucks. The only rule is whatever you sell has to be made in Sitka (preferred) or Alaska (required). Please RSVP for your vendor space by the Thursday before that market (we can handle the financials at the market on Saturday). To learn more about becoming a vendor and to download our rules and registration form (last page of the rules packet), click this link.

Food policy expert Mark Winne in town for research

Nationally known food systems/food policy expert and author Mark Winne will be in Sitka from July 6-13 researching his next book, where he looks at the food systems of 8-10 small communities around the country. Mark will be meeting with different food businesses and food advocates while he's in town. The Sitka Local Foods Network and Sitka Food Co-Op will co-host a free community conversation about out food from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Sitka Public Library. This event is open to the public, and healthy snacks will be provided. For more details, click this link.

Like local food in Sitka? Please join our board of directors

Are you enjoying the fresh local veggies at the Sitka Farmers Market this summer? Did you take one of our garden education classes this spring? Do you have an interest in getting more access to locally grown, harvested and produced food, and an interest in food security? If so, please consider joining our board of directors. We need new board members to keep offering these programs, and we'd love to have you join us. We just found out two of our current board members are leaving town at the end of the summer, so if you've ever thought about joining our board this is the time to do it. We need board members to keep things going. For more details, please click this link. This page has links to our board job descriptions and applications. Right now, we haven't set our next meeting. But we will post it on our website when the date, time and location become available. Feel free to check us out. Our meetings are open to the public.

SLFN 2018 sponsorship program continues

The Sitka Local Foods Network launched a sponsorship program in 2016, and we are now accepting sponsorships for 2018 from businesses and individuals concerned about food security in Sitka and Southeast Alaska. We have four levels — Grower ($2,500 or more), Harvester ($1,000-$2,499), Planter ($250-$999), and Friend ($50-$249). Businesses and individuals who sponsor the Sitka Local Foods Network support the Sitka Farmers Market, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm communal garden (where we grow most of the produce sold at the market), our gardening education programs, and our matching program for those using WIC and SNAP produce benefits at the market. In 2018 we also hope to launch a local food business innovation contest to inspire Sitka entrepreneurs. We also want to thank our 2017 sponsors, who all renewed for 2018 — the Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership (Grower level), SEARHC (Harvester level), Sitka True Value (Planter level), and White's Inc./Harry Race Pharmacy (Planter). So far, we've had one new business — ALPS Federal Credit Union (Planter level) and three individuals sponsor us for 2018 — Charles Bingham (Harvester level), Beth Short-Rhoads (Friend level), and Jeff Budd (Friend level). To learn more about our sponsorship program, click this link. Also, thanks to the Sitka White Elephant Shop, aka the White E, which gave us a grant of $1,000 to use to match produce purchases of up to $20 by SNAP/WIC beneficiaries at the Sitka Farmers Market.
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