Our theme is: GATHER AND GROW!

3:44 – Alaska Farmland Trust Yoga

38:10 – Welcome & Legislative Greetings

40:20 – Lisa Murkowski

46:45 – Governor Dunleavy

56:22 – Rep. Geran Tarr

1:02:37 – Rep. Liz Snyder

1:11:17 – KEYNOTE: Elizabeth Ripley

2:03:50 – DHSS

2:33:28 – Census of Agriculture

3:06:53 – FMC Farmers Market Week

3:37:55 – Lunch & Learn, ranked choice voting

4:05:03 – Shelley Hughes

4:15:43 – AFMA Annual Meeting

5:04:05 – KEYNOTE: Dr. Gail Myers

6:19:08 – FMC Evaluation and Data Collection (continues to next recording)

(End of FMC presentation opens this recording)

20:37 – Creating with Canva

1:21:35 – Food Access Programs

1:51:54 – Farmers Market Roundtable & End of Day

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth A. Ripley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mat-Su Health Foundation

Elizabeth Ripley arrived in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough with a vision to build upon its community strengths and make it a healthier place to live. Today, as President & Chief
Executive Officer of the Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF), she leads initiatives to do just that.
The MSHF has developed a comprehensive, asset-based strategy to improve health outcomes, focusing on the areas of greatest concern to the community itself.

In a unique structure, MSHF owns 35 percent and controls 50 percent of board seats at the forprofit Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, the region’s sole community hospital. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, the foundation is strategically combining hospital governance with philanthropy and advocacy to create lasting, systemic change.

The foundation invests its share of hospital profits into grants and initiatives to improve
population health. It has also leveraged millions of dollars in investments from state and national funders and built statewide political support through its policy advocacy work. Guided by community input, MSHF targets five focus areas: expanding the continuum of care for behavioral health services, improving services and supports for the state’s fastest-growing senior population, helping children and families thrive, meeting the foundational needs of Mat-Su residents, and growing the healthcare workforce to support the fastest growing sector of the economy. The foundation’s approach is informed by data and measured to assess impact.

Prior to working for the Mat-Su Health Foundation, Elizabeth held numerous positions in the
healthcare industry, including hospice, volunteer management, marketing, hospital foundation
development, and hospital administration. She has served on the board of directors of The
Foraker Group and Philanthropy Northwest and currently serves on the board of directors of
Grantmakers in Health. She was recognized by the Alaska Public Health Association with its
long-term service award in 2014, presented with a YWCA Women of Achievement award in
2016, and given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Alaska
Anchorage in 2021. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Western Maryland College and a Master of Arts in religion from Yale Divinity School. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Myers, Co-founder Farms to Grow, Inc.

Dr. Gail Myers is a Cultural Anthropologist, with a doctorate from The Ohio State University. While a student at OSU, she organized the first statewide conference for African American Farmers, Sustaining Communities: African American Farmers at the Crossroads.  In 2004, Dr. Myers co-founded Farms to Grow, Inc. in Oakland, CA to work in partnership with African American farmers and ranchers and other under-resourced producers.  Farms to Grow, Inc. initiated the Freedom Farmers Market, an African American based farmers market, in West Oakland, CA in 2013.  Dr. Gail maintains a wide spectrum of grassroots organizing and coalition building, locally and globally.  In 2018, she received the Advocate for Social Justice Award “Justie” from the Eco-Farm Association.  Dr. Gail advocates for, researches, and writes about African American Farming.  She is also currently finishing a documentary/multi-media project, “Rhythms of the Land,” which will be screened in 2022. She is passionate about the legacy of Black farmers, Black agrarian material culture, and racial justice.

Learn more at: http://www.farmstogrow.com

A very special thank you to our Conference Sponsors:

Together, we are centering our solutions to the climate crisis in the desire to reduce further harm to our ecosystems, avoid more suffering for Alaskans, and build resilient local economies and just communities for future generations. Our climate solutions for the watershed include increasing access to renewable energy, supporting carbon-reducing community actions, protecting cold-water refugia for salmon resiliency and building a strong local food economy.

Cook Inletkeeper has served as the fiscal sponsor for the Alaska Farmers Market Association since 2017.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country and around the world.

Funding for this summit was provided by a 2021-2024 FMPP Grant.

MarketLink is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (“NAFMNP”). In partnership with the USDA and Novo Dia Group (“NDG”), MarketLink assists farmers and markets with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) Retailer Application, and connects them with free app-based SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (“SNAP/EBT”) processing equipment. We also offer options for integrated credit/debit payment processing. MarketLink has a long-term vision of sustainability for farmers and markets through a broader customer base, increased sales, and profitability.

The national Farmers Market Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to working with farmers market operators to strengthen farmers markets across the United States so that they can serve as community assets while providing real income opportunities for farmers.

The mission of the national Farmers Market Coalition is “to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.” FMC’s primary role is supporting those individuals and entities that operate farmers markets.