Video: Invigorating Alaska's Food System with Wild Foods

Originally posted with the Sustainable Southeast Partnership 

Access to fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins in Alaska can be a daily challenge.Alaska imports ninety five percent of its food. This means that families pay high prices for processed and typically unhealthy foods, communities are vulnerable to delays and complications with importing from far away places and the state of Alaska unnecessarily exports money out of a region that is thirsty for economic stimulation.

This doesn’t need to be the case and a growing force of communities and entrepreneurs are working to challenge the status quo and localize our food systems. While greenhouses and garden initiatives are important elements, revitalizing our food system doesn’t end with cultivation. In Alaska, we are surrounded by wild food sources as diverse and vibrant as the cultures and communities that call this state home....

Learn about a growing community of Alaskan residents, communities and organizations who are dedicated to invigorating Alaska's Food System with wild foods.


VIDEO: Green Apple Day of Service Shouts out to Mission Antarctica!

http://mygreenapple.org/events : Scroll down to see our project featured!

The Green Apple Day of Service  is occurring on September 29th. The event aims to direct world discussion, action, and interest on the sustainable improvement of schools worldwide. Participating schools, elected officials, teachers, green building councils and more will volunteer in endless ways (murals to water audits). I was contacted with hopes of sharing a video I put together for the 'Mission Antarctica' outreach project featuring Clair- who was our lovely waste management specialist. Anywho, the project will be featured and I am incredibly proud that our work is being highlighted for such a wonderful event! PS: our project (allbeit indirectly) was mentioned during an interview on fox news: http://client.dssimon.com/demo/zg6_foxnewslive.mp4

'Mission Antarctica' brought phytoplankton research and life on a US Antarctic research station to participating middle schools through social media, video shorts, field reports and live chats. Students not only learned the inns and outs of polar phytoplankton fieldwork but also, how a small research station can function sustainably and effectively at the bottom of our world.

Students asked questions, participated in contests, and tuned in to the 'Mission Antarctica' app, helping bridge the gap between research scientists, ice-dwellers, and American youth. Clever outreach projects like 'Mission Antarctica' help us realize how beautiful, small, and important to protect our earth is!

 

Apparently our  Mission Antarctica app is being revamped because over 600 people a month are still downloading! Learn more about Mission Antarctica. You can also check out the site or download the app: Mission Antarctica.

PS. Love to all the teachers in my life most especially Deryk & Laura!

Video: Aboard the Gallant Girl

Honored in tradition, loved, feared and respected across every ocean on earth, killer whales have tantalized our curiosity for lifetimes. I had the opportunity to face these intelligent animals on Alaskan waters while cruising with Pauli Davis on Gallant Girl Adventures. The encounter was humbling, unforgettable, and reminded me that truly wild places like Sitka Sound are absolutely unique and imperative to protect that interactions like these, with wildlife on pristine coasts, help us retain our connection with the natural world and harbors respect for the animals with which we share it.

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Enjoy the little video I put together on the encounter.

"Perhaps one of the most beautiful things about killer whales is that they are always going to be a haunting, formidable and utterly mysterious presence moving somewhere at the dark watery edge of our world." Richard Nelson