Quyanaa to those who have helped build Alutiiq Grown through grant-making and community partnerships
Alutiiq Grown began as a project developed by the Kodiak Archipelago Leadership (KALI). KALI is located in Kodiak, Alaska whose mission is to support the long-term sustainability of Kodiak’s coastal communities of Alutiiq heritage. KALI began working with our coastal communities to establish farms in 2015 and continues to work with the Alutiiq Grown team to identify ways to enhance community food security.
Native American Agricultural Fund
Feeding Our People. Growing our Economies.
Building our Future.
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers. The charitable trust was created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native American farming and ranching community. NAAF is providing funding for extensive beginning kelp farmer and business training as we work to establish a network of Alutiiq owned kelp farms.
The Native Conservency
Habitat Restoration, Indigenous Food Sovereignty & Cultural Revitalization in Alaska
The Native Conservancy’s vision is to create resilient futures for indigenous peoples by preserving culture, protecting habitat, restoring and repatriating ancestral homelands and traditional food sources, through support of subsistence practices and the building of regenerative economies. A strong focus of the Native Conservancy is regenerative mariculture and providing training and resources to tribal communities and Alaska Native farmers. We are actively collaborating with NC to expand outreach and support throughout our region.
Alaska Ocean Farms LLC
Sustainable Sustenance from the Sea
Alexandra Meyer and Alf Pryor
Alaska Ocean Farms, LLC is Alaska’s largest kelp farm. The farm annually cultivates between 52,000 and 62,000 feet of seeded line using 110 buoys and 24 anchors and has a capacity of up to 300,000 pounds. They have recently permitted a new 86 acre lease site in Kalsin Bay about 25 miles from the City of Kodiak and will be developing this 2nd farm over the next several years to meet the growing demand for Kodiak grown kelp. Alf Pryor and Lexa Meyer, are involved in all aspects of the kelp farming cycle including collecting kelp spore and supporting the Blue Evolution Kodiak Hatchery as well as serving as faculty to assist in training new kelp farmers.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
Kenai Peninsula District Office
UAF CES is an outreach-based educational delivery system supported by a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The faculty and staff of Alaska’s Extension offices offer research-based expertise to the public on a wide variety of topics to a wide variety of audiences, from farmers and entrepreneurs to rural families and children. The Kenai Field Office has delivered extensive region specific training and information to our Alutiiq Grown Farmers. And UAF CES continues as a valuable technical partner to our farming teams
Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District
Since 1964, the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District (KSWCD) has facilitated natural resource conservation through community involvement, education, technical expertise and scientific research. KSWCD has connected Alutiiq Grown farmers to master gardeners to provide community-based organizations to extend USDA’s engagement efforts in these communities. 2501 program grants awarded to KALI have helped support expanded outreach to USDA programs and in-depth training for Alutiiq Grown farmers.
Outreach and Assistance For Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers And Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (2501 Program)
The 2501 Program was created through the 1990 Farm Bill to help socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and foresters, who have historically experienced limited access to USDA programs and services. Grants are awarded to higher education institutions and nonprofit and community-based organizations to extend USDA’s engagement efforts in their communities. 2501 program grants awarded to KALI have helped support expanded outreach to USDA programs and in-depth training for Alutiiq Grown farmers.
Owners Don McNamara and Donna Rae Faulkner are established and successful Alaska Farmers who grow vegetables, fruits, berries, and Alaska Certified Seed Potatoes using organic methods and raise poultry for meat and eggs. Oceanside Farms is the only certified seed potato grower on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula as certified by the State of Alaska. They are experienced soil builders focused on improving Alaska’s nutrient poor soils with locally available and organic amendments that include making biochar and compost. Oceanside Farms is a valuable mentor, trainer and on site provider of technical assistance to our Alutiiq Grown Farms.
Natural Resources Conservation Service -Alaska
NRCS provides conservation programs and technical services to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Tribal governments. This is done through 45 full-time and 30 part-time field offices on Indian lands and through numerous other field offices located off of Indian lands. Working with the Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC) and Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) NRCS has assisted with the establishment of 33 Tribal Conservation Districts. NRCS Alaska staff provide invaluable support in connecting our Alutiiq Grown farmers to USDA resources.
Vertical Harvest Hydroponics
VHH is an Alaskan company based in Anchorage
and Palmer. They provide customized vertical
farming solutions to grow fresh, local produce year-round in rural Alaska. Their goal is to offer scalable options for individuals, businesses and community organizations seeking food security and increased resilience. Since 2014, their turn-key hydroponic farms have provided the opportunity to grow herbs and greens anytime, anywhere in Alaska’s harsh conditions. VHH is Alutiiq Grown’s hydroponics partner. They are supplying our farms equipment specifically designed to operate in our remote, coastal communities. In addition, VHH offers expanded support through training and technical assistance that has resulted in smooth start-up of hydroponic operations for all of our farms.
ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and Native organizations. ANA continues to be a significant partner of Alutiiq Grown through its grant making that first assisted in the establishment of the farms and currently is supporting farm production expansion through hydroponics, building a collective marketing presence in the Kodiak Archipelago.