Sitka Conservation Society

Tracy Gagnon, Community Sustainability Organizer, landed in Sitka after teaching at the University of Oregon and working for food-based non-profits in Oregon. Most of her projects focused on connecting youth and adults alike to their food source through hands-on gardening, farm field trips, and cooking. Her passion is working on food justice issues to ensure everyone has access to healthy, fresh foods. Tracy started as the Food Security and Local Food Production Intern in the summer of 2011 and quickly transitioned to the position of Community Sustainability Organizer later that summer. Her focus at SCS is to manage the Fish to School program and begin a 4H Club that embraces the Alaska way-of-life by coordinating activities that connect youth to their environment and local food sources.

Recent Posts by Tracy:

  • Celebrating a Year of Fish to Schools

    Celebrating a Year of Fish to Schools

    The Sitka Conservation Society’s Fish to School Program has nearly completed its first full school year with raving reviews, community support, and strong partnerships. These local fish lunches are served as a hot lunch option through the school lunch program. Lunches are available to all students, totaling about 700 students with about half of those [...]

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  • Fish to Schools to be Honored at Benefit Dinner on Wednesday 4/25

    Fish to Schools to be Honored at Benefit Dinner on Wednesday 4/25

    When people from the lower 48 think of Alaska, images of the Deadliest Catch, the debate around drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the open tundra of the north often come to mind. But, there is a lot more to Alaska. Despite the long winters and short summers Alaska is joining the nation’s [...]

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  • 4H Alaska way-of-life: Following wild game from forest to stew.

    4H Alaska way-of-life: Following wild game from forest to stew.

    The much anticipated deer stew has been put up, 37 pints worth! After months of patience, 4H members got to see their skinned and butchered deer turn into a shelf-stable food. And a delicious one at that! 4H members gathered around a large table full of ingredients that needed prepping. We rotated through different stations [...]

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  • 4H Cloverbuds — Pies and Illumination

    4H Cloverbuds — Pies and Illumination

    The Tongass provides an abundance of wild salmon berries, blueberries, and huckleberries—what better way to enjoy their wild summer flavors than in a pie shared with friends and family? The Cloverbuds 4H Club learned how to bake pies this week, mastering a home-baked good that many shy away from. Each Cloverbud went home with a [...]

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  • Tanning Deer Hides with the Alaska way-of-life 4H Group

    Tanning Deer Hides with the Alaska way-of-life 4H Group

    Earlier this month 4H members went to Ed Gray’s local tannery at the Sawmill Industrial Park. We were instantly immersed in his world of preserving hides, the process between skinning an animal and the hide that sits nicely on your couch or lines your mittens. Ed Gray took us through this process step by step. [...]

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  • We Love our Fishermen!

    We Love our Fishermen!

    Check out this incredible video created by our good friend and local filmmaker, Hannah Guggenheim, documenting the “We Love our Fishermen Lunch” on 2/8/2012. WE LOVE OUR FISHERMEN!  The Fish to Schools Program began as a vision at the 2010 Sitka Health Summit and with community support and leadership from the Sitka Conservation Society, we [...]

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  • Fish to Schools live on KCAW with three Sitka students!

    Fish to Schools live on KCAW with three Sitka students!

    Listen to a live radio broadcast of the Sitka Conservation Society’s Fish to Schools Program. This program exemplifies our commitment to community sustainability by connecting students to local, healthy, and affordable seafood. Twice a month students are served local fish for lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen, Blatchley Middle School, and now Pacific High. To supplement [...]

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  • Thank you Fish to Schools, Sincerely Pacific High

    Thank you Fish to Schools, Sincerely Pacific High

    Dear Sitka Conservation Society, Thank you for bringing fish into our school, Pacific High School. You are not only forging a new path in the National School Lunch Program, you are changing the system. Each fish you provide to the schools in the district enriches our student’s nutrient profile as well as connecting them to [...]

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  • Sitka Black Tailed Deer: Traditional Subsistence Meat in Southeast Alaska

    Sitka Black Tailed Deer: Traditional Subsistence Meat in Southeast Alaska

    Nov 2011. On an autumn Saturday afternoon, a group of kids gathered around a deer hanging in the Sitka Sound Science Center barn. At first they stood a few feet back, taking the deer in slowly with curious gazes. They got more comfortable as Jack Lorrigan, the father of one of the children, began to [...]

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  • The Alaska way-of-life 4H Club Goes Tracking

    The Alaska way-of-life 4H Club Goes Tracking

    For the month of January, the Alaska way-of-life 4H club focused on tracking and trapping in the Tongass National Forest. These important skills further connect us to the natural environment as we notice the habits of the animals and birds in our shared ecosystem. Tracking as a skill gives us more capacity to understand the [...]

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