Most Recent Currant Affairs Newsletter

You can find the Most Recent Currant Affairs Newsletter on the Alaska Food Policy Council’s website – https://www.akfoodpolicycouncil.org/currant-affairs

Currant Affairs 
March 30, 2021 Edition 

Compiled regularly by Nick Riordan on behalf of Yarducopia, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Alaska Food Policy Council 

**Marks new and updated items in this issue 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS, WEBINARS, CONFERENCES, & SPECIAL EVENTS 

**March 30 

AK Food Policy Council’s second installment of their Alaska Cottage Food Webinar Series.  

April 3 

Good Earth Garden School’s Ellen Vande Visse, and Alaska Mill & Feed are hosting an online class Beyond Compost – Other Ways to Build Your Soil. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Registration details to come. 

**April 6 

The Anchorage Museum’s Urban Harvest series presents a virtual class on Foraging from the Forest from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  

April 7 

Cooperative Extension’s ‘In the Virtual Garden Series’ continues with Spice Up Your Garden (Herb Gardens) from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Registration

April 8 

Cook Inletkeeper is putting on an Alaska Salmon-Safe Agriculture Workshop.  

**April 9 

Alaska Farmers Market Association Annual SummitMore info here. 

**April 13 

The Anchorage Museum’s Urban Harvest series presents a virtual class on Seeding Your Summer Garden with the fine folks from Grow North Farm and Catholic Social Services.  

April 13 

Yarducopia is hosting a Perennial Propagation Workshop from 6:30-7:30 PM. Cuttings and other materials are available for pickup prior to the evening event so you can start your own. More info here & register here.    

April 19 

Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage monthly membership meeting 7:00 – 8:00 PM with Troy Weiss presenting Preparing and Managing Soil 

**April 21 

The Alaska Food Policy Council’s next Quarterly Food Systems Discussion Panel will be on Transportation and Cold Storage, from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. More info here.  

April 21 

Cooperative Extension’s ‘In the Virtual Garden Series’ continues with Pollinator Gardens 
from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Register here.   

April 27 

Yarducopia is hosting a discussion on Neighborhood Composting Projects (existing, new, and ideas to start your own). More info here & register here. 

**April 27-28 

The Alaska DEH is hosting an Alaska Food Protection Task Force – Manufactured Food Workshop – Details on the DEH website 

**April 28 

On National Stop Food Waste Day, the Food Tank and the Compass Group are hosting a discussion of how to end Food Waste – more info and register here.  

April 30 

Good Earth Garden School’s Ellen Vande Visse, and Alaska Mill & Feed are hosting an online class Slugs, Bugs, and other Thugs – Non-Toxic Pest Management. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Register by calling 907-276-6016. 

May 5 

Cooperative Extension’s ‘In the Virtual Garden Series’ continues with Amazing Annual Flowers from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Register here.  

**May 17 

Ginger Hudson & Verna Pratt will be presenting Carried Away by Flowers at the May Alaska Master Gardeners meeting from 7:00 – 8:00 PM  

May 19: Cooperative Extension’s ‘In the Virtual Garden Series’ continues with Perfect Perennials from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Register here

**June 2 

Cooperative Extension’s ‘In the Virtual Garden Series’ continues with Fabulous Flower Design from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Register here

**June 16  

Cooperative Extension’s ‘In the Virtual Garden Series’ continues with Terrific Tomatoes from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Register here

SIGNUPS & PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS 

**Alaska Master Gardeners and the Cooperative Extension are running a Master Gardener Class starting on/around April 19. More details to come.   

Anchorage Community Garden signups is open for renewals until April 5, and it will open for new gardeners on April 10. More info on their website.  

WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will have open enrollment for farmers, farms, farm stands and farmers’ markets interested in participating starting ~ February 15. Applications to receive WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition coupons close May 15. More info here.   

Arctic Harvest – Winter orders ongoing; Summer subscriptions start back up in April. More info 

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES 

Federal support for specialty crops in Alaska – Letters of intent due by March 22 – Press Release  

The Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage are accepting grant applications through April 15. 

Bruce Williard Scholarship offered by the AK Farm Bureau provides $2,000 to support two students pursuing agricultural or natural resource fields in school. Applications due by April 23.  

OPEN POSITIONS & INTERNSHIPS 

APU’s Spring Creek Farm in search of Farm Interns and an Assistant Production Manager

Alaska Botanical Gardens is advertising for several 2021 garden positions.  

Sun Circle Farm is hiring a few seasonal employees to work on the farm over the summer. 

Calypso Farm (in Fairbanks) is hiring a Farm Educator for the summer

Kids Gardening is hiring a remote Garden Education Specialist. Live in Anchorage, prepare gardening curriculum to be used across the United States – More info here

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES & REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE 

Seeds of Change & the Food Bank of Alaska, are seeking volunteers to package seeds for distribution to food-insecure households throughout Alaska. To get involved, email Grace at gjohnstonak@gmail.com for more info.  

The community gardening program Yarducopia has a short list of asks, from perennial propagation, to sign making, to hosting a neighborhood compost. See the whole list here.  

The Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage and the Alaska School Garden Network compile a list of public garden projects and volunteer opportunities – you can view it here.   

Anchor Gardens is recruiting neighborhood garden coaches. Coaches serve as community mentors for those interested in learning about growing food in their own neighborhoods and assist in linking people to resources. Reach out to anchorgardensanc@gmail.com

Alaska Farm Bureau is searching for a contract webmaster and bookkeeper for 2021.  

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