Our partners work to forge resilient food systems that decrease dependence on outside sources, spark food-based business startups and improve household and community health. Our shared vision for a regional food system includes a reliable supply of wild foods, thriving agricultural enterprises, and improved access to fresh and nutritious foods for all residents across our region.
Check out some of our ongoing food projects across Southeast Alaska.
Moby the Mobile Greenhouse
If you give a classroom a bag of carrots, they will eat for a day. Teach a class how to garden and they can eat for a lifetime! The Mobile Greenhouse is about sharing knowledge and food production skills between schools across the region. Alaskan’s spend $2 billion on food each year. If Southeast Alaskans were able to displace just 3% of food imports with local food sources we could keep $60 million dollars circulating in the region. This project supports healthy students while growing vibrant, sustainable, food-secure Alaskan communities. Each fall, applications for Moby open to Southeast Alaska community based organizations and each spring Moby heads to a new community. This spring, Moby heads to Yakutat!
Salt and Soil Marketplace
The Salt & Soil Marketplace connects Southeast Alaska food consumers with growers, fishermen, foragers, and gardeners through a community marketplace that merges the best of online and real-time shopping. The Marketplace helps support local economies, keeps food dollars within the region and provides high quality local foods, helping Southeast Alaska be more sustainable, resilient, and prosperous. The Market currently has distribution sites in Haines and Juneau, and features vegetable producers, value added products, seafood, and crafts from all over the region.
Biomass Heated Greenhouse Handbook
Pairing a greenhouse with a wood heating system can benefit communities by improving nutrition, lowering energy costs, and providing local employment opportunities. That is why the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Energy Authority have partnered to fund Alaska Biomass Heated Greenhouse Handbook. The Sustainable Southeast Partnership and the Southeast Island School District helped write the handbook, which showcases the successful biomass heated greenhouse projects on Prince of Wales Island. This comprehensive handbook is a free resource available to schools and anyone interested in building a biomass heated greenhouse locally.
To request a hard copy, email SSP Energy Catalyst Shaina at email@example.com or SSP Local Food Catalyst Lia at firstname.lastname@example.org. School and community leaders will be prioritized for limited hard copies of the Handbook. Check out this presentation on Biomass heated greenhouses from Alaska Forum on the Environment 2018.
The Sitka Kitch seeks to improve the community health by enhancing local food security. The Sitka Kitch will serve as a business incubator and community resource center by providing access to a certified commercial kitchen. This will allow small businesses to develop new products based on local fish and other resources. It will also be a community classroom where courses in nutrition, home economics, and food management, can be taught…
Written and published with Alaska's Capital City Weekly The days are getting shorter and full of rain. Many Southeast Alaskans are dreading the impending seasonal shift. In Hoonah however, one 12-old boy is pretty excited. Standing over his garden, Ted Elliot pops...read more
Written and published with Edible Alaska Magazine On a sunny Sitka afternoon, a group of Pacific High School students and community members carve four inch deep lines into the soil. Gingerly, the students cradle seed potatoes in their palms. These small fingerlings,...read more
Written for Alaska's Capital City Weekly & Juneau Empire Public lands surround Southeast Alaskans. The 17 million acre Tongass National Forest is where residents go to hike, camp, fish, and gather food to nourish their families and wood to warm their homes. It’s where...read more