SITKA LOCAL FOODS NETWORK

aka Sitka Farmers Market   |   Sitka, AK   |  www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org

Mission

The Sitka Local Foods Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the amount of locally produced and harvested food in the diets of Southeast Alaskans. Our work is based in Sitka, Alaska, but we work with other local food-related projects in Southeast Alaska and elsewhere in the state. Our current main projects include operating the Sitka Farmers Market during the summer (we will host seven markets in 2020, our 13th summer), growing food at the St. Peter's Fellowship Farm communal garden and our satellite gardens, and providing a variety of education opportunities such as gardening classes, and hosting the Sitka Food Business Innovation Contest to inspire entrepreneurs in Sitka to use more local food.

Ruling year info

2011

Board president

Charles Bingham

Board vice president

Jennifer Carter

Main address

408 Marine St Suite D

Sitka, AK 99835 USA

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EIN

26-4629930

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Sitka Farmers Market

We will host eight Sitka Farmers Markets during the 2021 summer, our 14th season hosting the markets, with a focus on local foods and locally produced arts and crafts. Our markets provide an opportunity for local cottage food industry entrepreneurs to test products, and for backyard gardeners to sell excess produce. We also accept and match SNAP and WIC benefits at the market. Our 2021 market dates are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, and Sept. 18, on the plaza outside Harrigan Centennial Hall (330 Harbor Drive) in Sitka. Most years we're at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall (235 Katlian Street) in Sitka, but due to Covid we wanted an all-outdoor market this year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We grow much of the produce sold at the Sitka Farmers Markets at the St. Peter's Fellowship Farm communal garden (located behind St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church, 611 Lincoln Street, in Sitka) and at a couple of satellite gardens around town. We started St. Peter's Fellowship Farm in the spring of 2008, and had produce to sell at our first three Sitka Farmers Markets held later that summer. Since then we have been able to increase our production of local produce so we now can support seven markets this summer as well as selling produce at other venues and for school lunches. St. Peter's Fellowship Farm has a Certified Naturally Grown designation.

Population(s) Served

The SLFN Education Committee offers a variety of gardening and food preservation education opportunities to Sitka residents (and others). We host a variety of free or nearly free gardening classes in the spring, and we offer a one-on-one garden mentoring program to first-time gardeners where mentors provide families with six classes during the growing season (these classes are open to the general public). We also partner with the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen, University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, and other programs to provide a variety of food preservation and cooking classes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We hosted our fourth annual Sitka Food Business Innovation Contest in early 2021, which is a way to encourage local entrepreneurs to use local foods in their products and services. We provide two $1,500 prizes, one for a start-up business and one for an established business (in business two years or longer). Past winners include businesses using seaweed and other sea greens, a bakery, a mushroom cultivation program, a food truck, a fermented food business, someone making ice cream desserts, and an egg producer. We also gave a small special award to a 12-year-old girl who was making custom spice mixes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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SITKA LOCAL FOODS NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 9/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charles Bingham

Tiffany Justice

Ben Timby

Nina Vizcarrondo

Samuel Pointer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No