Southeast Alaska Regional Food Systems Catalyst
I am a guest on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Peoples of Alaska. I recognize the deep ways of knowing and relationships with local foods held by the Indigenous Peoples of this region and am grateful for their stewardship of these lands and waters since time immemorial and today. As the Regional Food Systems Catalyst for the Sustainable Southeast Partnership hosted by Ecotrust’s Knowledge Systems team, I support projects and initiatives that engage Southeast Alaskans in strengthening place-based, healthy local food systems in their own communities.
Food connects us to the land, to the ancestors, and to each other. Connections to the natural world and to community are key elements of living a good life. I am grateful to all my teachers: friends and community members from all over Alaska who have generously shared their skills and wisdom with me over the decades. When I’m not foraging, preserving, or cooking, I also enjoy expedition trekking, photography, and writing stories about people and community wellness.