November 2016 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Board of directors — Matthew Jackson, president; Chris Todd, vice president; Ben Timby, secretary; Charles Bingham, communications director/interim treasurer; Jennifer Carter; Edith Johnson, Sam Pointer, two vacant seats.

We need new board members to keep growing

The Sitka Local Foods Network has two open seats on its board of directors due to some unexpected moves out of Sitka, and we also have three board seats whose terms end at the end of the year. This is your chance to help us increase the amount of locally produced and harvested foods in the diets of Southeast Alaskans. Our nine-member board meets once a month (currently the third Wednesday) at the See House located behind St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church on Lincoln Street. Our board members also serve on at least one committee related to our main projects — organizing the Sitka Farmers Market, growing food at St. Peter's Fellowship Farm communal garden, and hosting a variety of gardening educational opportunities. To learn more about our board and how to apply, click this link.

Donate to a worthy cause on #GivingTuesday

We celebrate commerce on Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but did you know about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday, also known as #GivingTuesday, is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year on Nov. 29, and it's set aside as a day to donate to worthy causes. The Sitka Local Foods Network will host its second #GivingTuesday online fundraiser starting on Nov. 29, and we'll keep our donation page up through Dec. 31 so people can make end-of-year donations for tax purposes. The minimum donation is $5, which can purchase a couple of packages of seeds to grow fresh veggies. We just received our Pick.Click.Give. donations, and thank the 41 donors who gave us $2,700 from their Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends, but a clerical snafu will keep us out of the 2017 Pick.Click.Give. program. We're hoping our #GivingTuesday campaign might help us recoup some of the loss. To learn more about how you can support the Sitka Local Foods Network, click this link.
Sitka Health Summit chooses two food projects for 2017

Healthy nutritious local food was the theme as about 75 citizen planners at the 10th annual Sitka Health Summit planning day chose two food-related community wellness projects on Oct. 21 to work on for 2017. The citizen planners chose one specific topic project (which can be finished in one year) and one broad topic project (which might need more than one year to complete). This year's specific topic project is to identify and build new community gardens in Sitka, which became an issue with the recent closure of Blatchley Community Gardens. The broad topic project is to help the various organizations working on local and healthy food projects in Sitka combine or collaborate to become more efficient, especially since many of the groups have had difficulty keeping board members. The two projects will hold kick-off meetings this month at Harrigan Centennial Hall, with the community garden group meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, and the collaboration group meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. To learn more about the projects and to be added to their contact lists, click this link.

Sitka Kitch offers Cooking From Scratch series

Want to learn how to expand your culinary skills while serving healthy meals and stretching your food dollar? The Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen is offering a Cooking From Scratch class series this fall. Classes include Whole-Grain Breads Using the Tassajara Technique on Monday, Nov. 7; Homemade Yogurt from Powdered Milk on Monday, Nov. 14 (rescheduled from October); and Winter Morning Creations (Baked or Fried Pancakes from Around the World) on Monday, Dec. 5. All three classes take place from 6-8:30 p.m. and cost $27.50 each plus a food/supply fee shared among all students in the class. Registered dietitian and health educator Lisa Sadleir-Hart is teaching the classes. There is limited space available in each class, but we need at least eight people to register by the Friday night before each class to make sure the class is a go. For more details and registration links, click this link.
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