Seawolf Advisory!

On Dec. 11, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.

Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.

Ongoing Projects


Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems,

and Community Development

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), the Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC), and Alaska Pacific University (APU) are now joint shareholders of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.  Shareholders make this journal open-access (free to read), and receive supporting benefits -- including the waiving of publication fees.  

Course Development

The Civic Eats Initiative is supporting the development of undergraduate and graduate courses on food systems topics.  The first course, entitled Civic Eats: Engaging the Food System, will be offered Summer 2018, and will explore hot-button issues of yesterday and today; the food system impacts made by activism, government, and industry; the health implications of those impacts; and the skillsets and strategies by which one can effect positive policy change.  

Williwaw Elementary School

& NeighborWorks Alaska

The Civic Eats Initiative is collaborating with NeighborWorks Alaska and Williwaw Elementary School to develop (and expand) garden-based curriculum for Alaska schools.  The collaborative was recently selected to receive a Mayor's Office Local Food Mini-Grant to launch the program in Spring 2018.  Long-term objectives include the expansion of lesson plan development and of participating schools and partners, and to create a UAA student internship program.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Liz Hodges Snyder at, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Chantel Welch at

School Garden Network Advisory Board

The School Garden Network Advisory Board (working title) is a collaboration between the Civic Eats Initiative and community-based local food advocates to provide support, guidance, and communication infrastructure for educators incorporating gardening, food systems topics, and healthy eating into their curriculum.  Those with a passion for food and gardening in Alaska and who want to share their expertise to grow a resource that will connect educators, share ideas and opportunities, and support the expansion of school gardening efforts throughout Anchorage are invited to participate.

Downtown Urban Farm

In their joint roles as Alaska Food Policy Council board members, Civic Eats faculty are part of a core working group exploring options for the development of an urban teaching and demonstration farm in downtown Anchorage.  Assisting in this effort is a cohort from the Alaska Humanities Forum's Leadership Anchorage 21.


Civic Eats is designed to be the "community forward" component of the forthcoming Food Research, Education, and Sustainability Hub (FRESH) of the North.  Stay tuned for more information!