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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Chantel Welch at email@example.com.
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.
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.