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Posted: September 16, 2012 - 12:06am

Want to eat local? You can. It’s easiest during the summer — here are some quick hints.

Native Alaskans have been living off the land for centuries or longer, hunting, fishing and gathering what naturally grows in Southeast Alaska.

Examples of foods you can harvest on your own are salmon, halibut and other fish; deer; mushrooms; berries; kelp and more.

There are foods that grow easily, requiring only a little cultivation. These are plants like rhubarb, potatoes some berries and more.

There are community gardens in Douglas and at Montana Creek. The Juneau Community Gardens are described as a productive and cooperative environment for gardening enthusiasts. The garden is fenced, water and basic tools are available, and there is a covered storage and meeting area.

Depending on where you live, it may be possible to have livestock of your own, from goats to chickens, you can have food fresh on your table.

During the summer months, there are farmers markets on weekends, Swampy Acres sells chicken eggs, and keep an eye out for locally caught and processed Alaska seafood for sale by individuals or vendors.

Perhaps the best resource for harvesting your own foods is the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, with a wealth of information available at http://www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/juneau/ or at their office, open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Bill Ray Center, 1108 F Street, Suite 213.

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