Mar 10, 2009
Photo by Elizabeth Manfred
Thanks to all of you I am going to the sustainable/gardening conference!!!
L.Gardener stepped up and offered, Saturday I believe, have lost track of time:-), to pay for my plane ticket so it would be a ‘for sure’ thing. Then as people contributed we could gather funds and reimburse her.
That is now done with a number of people from all over jumping in to help defray the cost. (I do not yet know how much has been contributed to far but will give a full recap and thank you’s when we get it worked out)
I also had AF of Houston do the same for the hotel.
We will get the conference fees, $60, taken care from funds also. So it looks like I am on my way this coming weekend- March 16-18th!!!!
I have had a couple of offers of a place to stay in Anchorage if there is a lay over. It is not planned as of now but in Alaska you ALWAYS prepare for weather or other delays. I am in touch with the people that made the offers and will be happy to call on them if needed. The kindness is overwhelming at times!
I am excited about attending and feel this will be a jump start to our efforts to assist our villages in producing some of their own food needs.
We have had an offer for the local school kids to be adopted by a class room of kids in HI and we are working on that.
We have a plan to have the kids start seeds so we have a jump start on the season. A place in PIP has already been chosen and we are looking at getting a program through the summer school to help us plant and maintain.
Most of our local families are tied up from about mid May until the end of July prepping for commercial fishing and then participating. We are VERY MUCH a one industry/income town, both Ugashik and Pilot Point.
If we can use the school program to be the general overseers then the effort will not be neglected while families are fishing.
Usually during fishing we have time, here and there, to do other tasks we want to make sure our efforts are not lost by getting too busy. Also having these gardening skills learned by our children and others from the area will increase the chances of success.
There are also a few adults and elders that are not involved in fishing that will most likely assist also. The information I am able to bring back, as it ALL pertains to Alaska growing of food, will most likely allow us to skip some of the most common mistakes.
I also will be looking for ways to contribute to Ann’s area, about 400 miles north of us, so they can benefit too.
Ann’s area is located on the delta of the Yukon River so growing your own food is more of a challenge. Traditionally most “veggies” and “greens” were harvested from the tundra, like many did from the forests in the lower 48. Learning new ways is going to be a challenge but one many seem thrilled to try.
We are working together to support the traditional ways but also provide new avenues to provide these needs if they can not be harvested locally, as in the past.
All of the Western villages rely heavily on our salmon runs and access to local game. Both villages were impacted with the lack of a salmon run, for various reasons, with the most widely noted being the YK Delta run.
Ann and I are currently working to help in this area too. If the security of our salmon runs interests you please see the ‘Salmon Bycatch’ thread. It’s a complex but important issue. We will be glad to answer any questions you have about fishing issues on the threads in the new Fishing Issues section on the right.
Stay tuned as when I return I will have LOTS to report.
Thank you all so much for believing in our efforts and helping with our future,