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Southeast Alaska’s coastal fishing communities, natural resource economies, and subsistence way of life are all deeply connected to the watersheds that support healthy salmon runs, wild game, and wild edibles. Maintaining these wild food sources requires sustainable management of lands and waters.

Through our Community Food Sustainability Program, SAWC fosters watershed stewardship by strengthening the connection between our land and water, the foods we eat, and the cultural and economic significance of these resources.

According to a recent report, Southeast Alaskans import 95% of their fresh produce, leaving communities vulnerable to food shortages and exporting local dollars out of state. SAWC and our partners work to facilitate access to thriving wild food sources and encourage local cultivation and development of responsible agriculture to build a more resilient, localized food system for Southeast Alaska.

The goals of the Community Food Sustainability Program are to support local economies, foster watershed stewardship, provide access to nutritious local foods, and support vibrant cultural and community traditions.

Current Projects

SALT & SOIL MARKETPLACE:

SEAK’s online farmers market – Salt & Soil 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 our region and provides high quality local foods to our neighbors, helping Southeast Alaska be more sustainable, resilient, and prosperous. Learn more

SOUTHEAST ALASKA FARMERS SUMMIT:

A bi-annual event bringing together the region’s food producers to share, learn, and connect; builiding a strong network aimed at increasing Southeast Alaska’s production of local foods and agricultural business capacity

Recent Posts

  • Growing Produce in Southeast Alaska: Economic Opportunities in the Last Frontier May 22, 2017 Most of us know that supporting local business and localizing our food system is important, but just how big of an impact could a local food economy have for Southeast Alaska? Members of the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Spruce Root Community Development, Grow Southeast, and the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition partnered to produce a study on the economic ...
  • Localizing the Food System: Developing a Food Hub for SE Alaska September 29, 2016 In Southeast Alaska, improved access to local foods and a more reliable food supply are critical components of self-reliance and community resiliency. Residents of the region's rural communities face high and rising costs of living, a declining state economy, and dependence upon air and water transport for delivery of basic commodities including food and petroleum products. ...

Program Staff

Lia Heifetz – Community Food Sustainability Program Director; Food Security Catalyst with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership

(907) 321-5425 | growsoutheast@gmail.com

Colin Peacock – Local Foods Coordinator

colin@sawcak.org | 907-302-3841