Support for Local Food Week promotes community wellness

On behalf of the Local Food Group, I am writing to thank the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the success of Harvest Moon Local Food Week and Film Festival, Sept. 16-21. First off, we’d like to thank Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and the Cities of Kenai and Soldotna for their proclamations of support. We are grateful to guest speakers Saskia Esslinger and Chef Rob Kineen for inspiring talks. Thank you to Ionia, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Kenaitze Indian Tribe for hosting Local Food Week events, and to Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Kenai Resilience, the Alaska Division of Agriculture, Kenai Peninsula Foundation and Matti’s Farm for financial support. Thank you to the restaurants that featured local food: Corner Cafe, Fine Thyme Cafe, Mykel’s, Odie’s Deli, and Veronica’s. Thank you to Ionia chefs and other community members who cooked a delicious, all-local dinner and to the volunteers who stepped up to wash dishes. And finally, we’d like to give special recognition to the local food businesses who produced and contributed the food for that dinner: Alaska Berries, Corner Cafe, Dandelion Acres, Eat Me Raw Honey, Fischer’s Fresh Farm Produce, Ionia, and Root Tundra Farms. We’re looking forward to making Harvest Moon Local Food Week an annual event!

The Local Food Group’s mission is ‘supporting local food by fostering healthy eating,’ and interested groups and individuals are welcome to join. We are part of People Promoting Wellness through Community Action, and our current membership includes representatives from Alaska Public Health Nursing, Central Peninsula Garden Club, Fischer’s Fresh Farm Produce, Ionia, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District, Kenaitze Indian Tribe and University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. For more information on becoming involved in our activities, contact Debra Shuey at 335-0086.

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