Juneau's Farmers' Market and Food Festival was a tremendous success!
The Juneau Commission on Sustainability and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council would like to thank the many community supporters who made this event happen. More than 1,200 people attended the event that highlighted the importance of local food consumption - understanding where your food comes from, and using local resources to offset the high economic and energy cost of food that comes from outside our region.
Many thanks to the businesses, individuals and nonprofits who brought their harvests to market.
And special thanks to the following groups for organizing and donating services: Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, SAGA, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Capital City Weekly, Graphic Artist Don Kurilec, Heritage Coffee, and the city of Juneau. Thanks also go to our speakers who shared their expertise on a variety of gardening topics: Joe Orsi, Michelle Donohue, Bob Simpson, Carol Biggs, Missy McMillan, Ed Buyarski and Sonja Koukel.
Together, the participants and attendees demonstrated that a farmers' market can strengthen the sense of community among neighbors and raise awareness of our links to world food issues. Each time we opt to eat Alaskan Grown, and especially Juneau Grown, we are investing in our community's sustainability. We reap additional benefits of backyard gardening, gathering, hunting, and fishing - these are fun and healthy activities that the whole family can participate in. Juneau's Farmers' Market was part of a growing statewide effort to restore and strengthen our agricultural roots and self-sufficiency. You can provide input on future events like this by completing a survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=uFG_2fSGys0Wd1_2f1y2HFlekw_3d_3d.