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Each conference, the Alaska Food Policy Council recognized individuals and organizations with the “Alaska Food Hero Award.” Selection is based on work they have been involved with over the past 18 months. Awardees demonstrate a substantial impact on Alaska’s food system, transform an aspect of their community’s food system, and make a difference for Alaska’s prosperity, health and self-reliance. 

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2018: Robbi Mixon

Robbi has managed the Homer Farmers Market for years, fostering amazing growth due to her knack for recognizing needs and addressing them, including the adoption of the market coin program and SNAP benefits program and other initiatives at the Market She is the director for the Alaska Food Hub and the Alaska Farmers Market Association, headquartered at Cook Inletkeeper.

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2016: Kyra Wagner

If you are visiting Homer and interested in local food systems, chances are you will connect with Kyra Wagner. Wagner writes an article weekly on the Homer Farmers Market during the season, organizes high tunnel tours and gatherings of farmers, and writes a weekly Sustainable Homer newsletter that lists activities that build local resilience. “Kyra is a role model for food advocates around Alaska and has made a huge impact on the local food system in Homer,” according to Moe. “Her work perfectly exemplifies the Alaska Food Policy Council’s mission of improving our food system in a prosperous, healthy, and self-reliant way.”

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2016: Tyonek Tribal Conservation District

The TTCD’s Tyonek Grown Program operates a 1.5 acre farm using organic methods, with two high tunnels and solar powered irrigation and ventilation systems in the Native Village of Tyonek. Youth in the Tyonek community learn about all aspects of farming and learn to enjoy healthy, locally grown foods. Much of the produce they grow is distributed to Tyonek elders. AFPC Governing Board member Danny Consenstein praises TTCD’s focus on conservation and community. “Tyonek provides a model for what other villages and conservation districts could do.”

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2016 Oustanding Service Award: Diane Peck

Peck is a Dietician with the Obesity Prevention Program at the Division of Public Health and helped found the AFPC through that program. AFPC Coordinator Samantha Ford said that “Diane’s ability to bring people together has been instrumental in growing the AFPC. We are so proud to honor her with this award.”