October 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

Thank you to our Pick.Click.Give. donors

It's October, and in Alaska that means Alaskans are receiving their annual Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend checks. This year's check was $2,072, and several people decided to share their wealth with the Sitka Local Foods Network by donating to us through the Pick.Click.Give. program. We haven't received the final totals yet (donors could update their Pick.Click.Give. contributions through the end of August), but in April we were told we had 64 donors giving us $3,350. We thank everybody who chose to support and promote local food in Sitka, Alaska.

For those of you who missed donating through the Pick.Click.Give. program, live outside of Alaska, or were not eligible for a PFD, you can donate online at our secure website. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sitka Local Foods Network seeks board members

The Sitka Local Foods Network is recruiting new board members  and volunteers for 2015-16. This will be a year of transition for us, as a couple of long-time board members are retiring, so we're looking for new people who want to help us promote local foods in Sitka.

The Sitka Local Foods Network usually meets once a month, except during the summer when everybody is busy growing and selling food. Our board members also serve on committees that help manage the Sitka Farmers Market, the St. Peter's Fellowship Farm communal garden, and our education program. We also have board members who work on our finance and fundraising committees.

Click this link to learn more about the Sitka Local Foods Network board of directors and how you can serve.

Upcoming classes include potato harvest, scratch cooking

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee will offer three classes on harvesting potatoes at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the home of Michelle Putz and Perry Edwards, 131 Shelikof Way. In addition, there will be a class on planting garlic at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, also at the Putz/Edwards home. Click this link for more details about these free classes.

In addition, the Sitka Kitch will host a new Cooking From Scratch series at the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen located in First Presbyterian Church (505 Sawmill Creek Road). The series opens with Beans 101 at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, with instructor Lisa Sadleir-Hart. The second class is about baking wholegrain bread using the Tassajara technique at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, with Lisa Sadleir-Hart teaching. The third class is about gluten-free holiday baking at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, and will be taught by Bridget Kauffman. The final class in the series is how to make yogurt from low-fat milk at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, with Lisa Sadleir-Hart teaching. Each class is $20, and there will be a food cost split between all students. Click here for more details and registration information.

Sitka Farmers Market ranks as top Alaska market

The results are in, and the Sitka Farmers Market too top honors from Alaska in the seventh annual American Farmland Trust Farmers Market Celebration voting. 

In this contest, Americans were asked to vote for their favorite farmers market in five categories — People's Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food For All, Pillar of the Community, and Champion for the Environment. The Sitka Farmers Market was the top market in Alaska in all five categories, and we ranked from 49th to 58th nationally in the different classifications. Click this link to read more about the voting.

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