The Alaska Food Policy Council and the Alaska Farmers Market Association are partnering for the 4th semi-annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference
The Alaska Farmers Market Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting vibrant and sustainable farmers markets throughout Alaska.
We're still in the early planning stages of the conference, but will continually post details on this website, or contact the Alaska Farmers Market Association at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Stay tuned for more information this year’s sessions and speakers. take a look at the 2019 Draft Agenda:
(subject to change)
FRIDAY Draft Agenda
SATURDAY Draft Agenda
2019 Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Ben Feldman, Policy Director & Interim Executive Director, Farmers Market Coalition
Courtney Long, Program Coordinator, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach/ Local Foods Program
Are you a farmer or a market manager? Do you need help attending the conference? The Alaska Farmers Market Association has several travel stipends available!
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. Learn more about past awardees here.
We have partnered with RAVN to provide 7% off fares, using the promo code “AKFOODPOLICY” during purchase. Need help figuring out how to apply the code? Check out this guide.
The Alaska Food Festival and Conference will be held at Land’s End Resort in Homer. Rooms are available at a special conference rate of 10-15% off winter-rate prices, (March 7-10, 2019).
Please use group code FARMERS2019. Rooms must be booked by March 1, 2019 to receive this rate. For more information or to book your room visit Land’s End Resort or call 800-478-0400(reservations), 907-235-0400.
There's a number of ways you can support this year's conference:
Silent Auction Items
Food Donations for Conference Meals
Calling all Vendors! Promote your business, cause, or non-profit! We have a variety of options:
TWO DAY PREMIER BOOTH ($500)
TWO DAY BASIC BOOTH ($250)
TWO DAY BASIC NON PROFIT/GOVERNMENT BOOTH ($150)
Call for Conference Volunteers!
We have a limited number of volunteer positions. Please read through the descriptions of possible roles below. We require a 3-hour shift per conference day in order to register at the discounted volunteer rate. If you are interested, complete the form found here.
Upcoming Local Food Festivals & Events
Alaska Peony Growers Association (APGA) is hosting a Lean Principal expert. He will present to the attendees on Friday and Saturday, along with an addition 3-hour workshop - open to all Alaskan farmers.
Workshop being held at Lands End Resort in Homer, 10am-1pm, on Sunday- January 27th, 2019
To register for the Lean Flow in the Green Industry workshop please go to:
All of the updated information is on our website
SOUTHEAST ALASKA FARMERS SUMMIT
What: This gathering began in 2015 when commercial farmers and producers in Southeast Alaska decided to come together to learn from one another about producing local food in a challenging growing environment and how to bring these products to market. Since then, this summit has met every other year in a different community to reconnect, expand their knowledge, and share their experiences with a growing network of local food producers. The 2019 Farmer’s Summit will be the third annual gathering for current commercial growers and for those who would like to explore this potential in our region.
We hope to continue to hold this meeting every other year with the long-term goal of building medium to large-scale food production to strengthen food security in Southeast Alaska. Together, we will build a robust local food economy in Southeast Alaska!
Registration opens in late October 2018.
When: February 15 - 17th, 2019 (Feb 18th optional "On Farm Food Safety" workshop)
Where: Sitka, AK