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September 2019 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
http://www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/
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408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835

sitkalocalfoodsnetwork@gmail.com
Board of directors — Charles Bingham, president/communications director; Stanley Lopata, vice president; Amanda Anjum, treasurer; Nina Vizcarrondo, secretary/Sitka Farmers Market manager; Laura Schmidt, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm lead gardener (honorary board member); we have space for you on our board.

Running of the Boots celebrates 25 years

The 25th annual Running of the Boots family friendly costumed fun run fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the tent by Totem Square park. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m., and the race is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with costume judging about 11 a.m. (times are tentative, so watch our website for updates). This event raises funds for the Sitka Local Foods Network and Youth Advocates of Sitka, and it's part of the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce's Season's-End Celebration. There will be lots of prizes, live music, a Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand with locally grown produce and Alaska Grown products, and the Smoothie truck. The entry free is $10 for individuals, or $30 for families. For more details, click this link.

Sitka Farmers Markets close out summer

We've already hosted four markets, and just three are left for the summer. Join us at the Sitka Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall. We kicked off our 12th summer of Sitka Farmers Markets on Saturday, July 6, and also had markets on July 27, Aug. 10, and Aug. 17. After Saturday's market, our other markets this summer are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 7, and Sept. 21, at ANB Founders Hall. Vendor registration has been open for a couple of months for the 2019 Sitka Farmers Markets, and we have been full a vendors. We plan to offer our usual fresh produce and a variety of other local foods, such as locally made candy, bread, seafood, and more. We also have music and other fun. We offer a youth vendor program for those age 12 and younger. And we match SNAP and WIC benefits up to $20 per market through a grant from the White Elephant Shop. People who ride their bikes to the market can get a 20 percent discount on produce at the Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand if they have a Bicycle Benefits sticker on their helmet (we also sell the stickers for $5 each). To learn more about how to be a vendor, click this link. Nina Vizcarrondo (738-9301) will manage the markets for the third straight year, and Charles Bingham (623-7660) will assist. You also can email sitkafarmersmarket@gmail.com for more details. We always need volunteers to help set up and take down the market, as well as sell food at the SLFN farm stand.

SLFN introduces new Sitka Farmers Market tote bags

The Sitka Local Foods Network has new Sitka Farmers Market tote bags available as a fundraiser. The tote bags are $10 each, but we'll give you one tote bag free if you purchase $50 worth of produce and/or Alaska Grown products from our Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand at the Sitka Farmers Market. The city's October ballot includes a plastic bag tax initiative, so buy a couple of tote bags to reduce your reliance on plastic bags. You can learn more at this link.

Pick.Click.Give. donation change deadline is Aug. 31

If you're like most Alaskans, you filed your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend application before the March 31 deadline and haven't thought about it since, except to wonder how big the PFD will be this year. But even though the PFD application deadline has passed, did you know you can still go into your PFD online application and add or change your Pick.Click.Give. donations through Aug. 31? If you forgot to make some Pick.Click.Give. donations, now is the time to do it. Anyway, click this link to learn how you can add or change your PCG donations on your 2019 PFD application. 

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 (our next market is scheduled for Aug. 10)? 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 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. Our next meeting will be from 6-7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Sitka Public Library. Feel free to check us out. Our meetings are open to the public.
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