Southeast Alaska Farm and Fish to Schools Conference

Registration has begun for the Southeast Farm and Fish to Schools Conference. This event will be the first regional opportunity focused on building connections between Alaska’s school systems and local food entrepreneurs. Anyone interested in bringing more local foods into our school system is invited to collaborate and connect with regional experts to strengthen fish and farm to school programming across the state.

Southeast Conference, the regional economic development organization, is coordinating the conference in conjunction with the newly formed Sustainable Southeast Partnership, a diverse network of organizations working together on community sustainability in Southeast Alaska.
 
Alana Peterson, program director of the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Haa Aani, LLC comments:
 
“Often we find that the barriers to achieving access to local, healthy foods can be overcome if we work together as a region to make this initiative a priority. By bringing all the key players together for a conference we are hoping to achieve just that.”
 
Fish and farm to school programming offers significant economic, environmental cultural and nutritional opportunities to our rural communities and region.  
 
“Schools in southeast received more than $500,000 last year to buy Alaskan produced foods through the Nutritional Alaska Foods to Schools grant program.” Shelly Wright, Executive Director of Southeast Conference comments. “However, schools are often limited by what they can procure. There are untapped opportunities for, farmers, fishermen and small business in our region.  We are eager to break down barriers and grow the opportunities for everyone.”
 
 
About the Southeast Alaska Fish to Schools Conference
 
Conference Dates: April 2-3, 2015
Conference Location: Centennial Hall, Juneau Alaska
Online registration and more detailed conference information available at www.seconference.org
Register before Feb. 28 to be eligible for a travel stipend
Contact Lia Heifetz for more information growsoutheast@gmail.com
 
Who Should Attend

  • Existing or aspiring businesses and entrepreneurs interested in growing or harvesting local foods
  • Fishermen who want to explore school markets
  • School administrators and community members interested in procuring more local foods for schools
  • People interested in starting a school growing program (greenhouse or garden)
  • Educators looking to exchange insights and obtain resources for developing food systems curricula for the classroom

Conference Highlights:
 

  • Local entrepreneur development track with experts in developing business structure, planning, financing and marketing for a local foods enterprise
  • Information and resources for educators to increase awareness for students around food origins, health and traditional use
  • Resources for projects to sustain local foods in schools
  • Success stories from around the region and state
  • Opportunities for networking and collaboration

​Contact:
Lia Heifetz, Food Security Coordinator, Southeast Conference. 907.321.5425; growsoutheast@gmail.com

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