Sitka Conservation Society

Local Foods

Alaska imports more than 95% of its food and the average grocery store only has enough food for three days. At the Sitka Conservation Society we are working towards creating a more resilient food system by supporting local efforts to protect the habitat of wild foods, support traditional harvest/subsistence lifestyles, increase local food production, create access to wild seafood, reform the school lunch program to include local foods, and increase awareness of local fishing culture.


Click on the programs and activities below to learn more:

Fish to Schools

As the ninth largest seafood port in the country, Sitka is swimming with fish.  Students should have access to this nutritious, local food that drives our economy and represents the interconnectedness of our community. Local fish lunches are served twice a month at local schools. The lunch program is served with a “Stream to Plate” curriculum, taking students through the cycle in which fish mature in our waterways, are harvested by local fishermen, undergo processing by our town’s thriving seafood processors, and finally grace our dinner table.

Salmon ToursSalmon Tours

Wild Alaskan salmon are the lifeblood of Sitka’s culture and the backbone of its economy.  A summer program of the Sitka Conservation SocietySitka Salmon Tours are daily tours that provide an in-depth look on the path salmon take from the stream to the plate.



Wild Foods PotluckWildfoods Potluck

The annual Sitka Conservation Society wild foods potluck celebrates the abundance of wild local foods in the Sitka area, and gives the community a chance to share and sample an incredible variety dishes.  Not only is the food always great but a lot of it comes with great stories as well, stories of hunting trips and secret hard-to-reach blueberry patches.



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    Guest Post: From the Waters of Alaska to the Cornfields of the Midwest

    By. Nora McGinn, Sitka Salmon Shares Organizer The Sitka Salmon Shares office sits on Main Street in Galesburg, Illinois, approximately 3,000 miles from the Tongass National Forest and the communities of Southeast Alaska. Despite this distance, we share a commitment to the salmon, fishermen and public lands that make up the Tongass National Forest. As [...]

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  • Hunting for Meaning

    Hunting for Meaning

    If you had asked me a few years ago what I thought about hunting I probably would have said I didn’t like it. I appreciated the whole wild food thing but hunting = killing. And that was bad. Or wrong. Or something. But today I was called a huntress…let me explain. Saturday was the day [...]

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  • Fishing Lines and Family Ties

    Fishing Lines and Family Ties

    I wake up groggy, almost hit my head on the fo’c’s’le ceiling when I climb up the ladder into the pilot house. When Dad sees me, he says “Hey! Get your rain gear on! We need your help!” And then ten minutes later, I’m out in the pit, my gloves wrist deep in the belly [...]

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  • Wild Foods, A New Relationship

    Wild Foods, A New Relationship

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  • SCS & JVC Northwest: Rooted in the Same Values

    SCS & JVC Northwest: Rooted in the Same Values

    The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest has placed volunteers in various organizations all over Sitka for nearly two decades, focusing on issues of social and ecological justice. This year, I joined the Sitka Conservation Society team as their first Jesuit Volunteer (JV). Many of the core values of the JVC Northwest program align closely with [...]

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