March 20, 2012
The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate, and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
There were 12 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Jeannie Bennet, Virginia Young, Monica Mazakis, Miles Martin, Judy Jensen, Brian and Gabe Blair, and Rebecca & Emily Troxel.
We enjoyed moose & barley soup, mixed green salad and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins & pecans for lunch.
WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Tim Horn
PRAYER was led by Brian Blair, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes generated last week.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Monica was introduced; she is the general manager of the produce box program from Homegrown Market in Fairbanks.
Homegrown Market—Local Foods Box Program: Monica is interested in providing affordable, nutritious, quality produce. She began the food box program at Homegrown Market in Fairbanks with 18 subscribers; she now has over 70 subscribers. They intend to expand the program to other communities, including Nenana.
The Homegrown Market food boxes come in four sizes. The smallest is the Goldstream, intended to feed one person; it typically contains two pieces of fruit, a half-pound of broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and onions, a head of lettuce or container of micro-greens and is priced at $20.00. The next larger size is the Chena, intended to feed 2-3 people, contains 3 pieces of fruit, a pound of broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, lettuce or micro-greens, asparagus and an avocado when available; it is priced at $30.00 per week. The Tanana intends to feed four people, contains four pieces of fruit, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, lettuce or micro-greens, asparagus, avocado (when available), and a loaf of fresh baked bread; this is priced at $45.00. Lastly is the Yukon, which contains everything that is in the Chena with the addition of a pound of grass-fed hamburger beef and a pound of smoked bacon; this is priced at $60.00.
Boxes are available weekly. Orders need to be placed by Wednesday for pick-up on Friday. People who sign up for one month and pay in advance receive a fifth box free. There are other Homegrown Market products available for order, including a full line of locally raised beef and pork, and eggs, chicken and bread which can be included in the boxes. People interested can order by contacting Monica at Homegrown Market: 452-6238. Some substitutions and flexibility in box contents is possible to accommodate for dietary restrictions and personal preference. For long-distance delivery, there will be a ten dollar per box surcharge. Monica hopes to extend the program south as far as Denali Park. Discussion ensued in regards to making good food more widely available.
In response to questions, Monica stated that Homegrown Market would be amenable to contracting with local producers to buy fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc. Meat needs to have been slaughtered in a USDA-inspected facility and any canned or prepared products would need to have been produced in a USDA-approved kitchen.
Monica stated that Homegrown Market accepts food stamps/Quest cards for payment. They also have family packs of meat available: beef, pork, chicken, sausage, and combinations thereof. Currently all their beef is coming from the Huffman Ranch and pork from Elsberry Farm although they have developed marketing relationships with other local producers as well, including Rosie Creek Farm, Calypso Farm, and Johnson Family Farm. Judy Jensen won the door prize of one free Chena boxes and Brian Blair won the $25.00 gift certificate.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: You are what you eat. Hippie USA, 1968
Jeannie: Freecycle and pot luck, Friday, March 30th, starting 5 PM, at the tribal hall.
Kat: Ester Library is hosting a seed swap Saturday: bring envelopes and seeds.
Miles: Has Black Prince tomato seeds available for anyone wanting to try this sub-arctic-hardy tomato.
Bonnie: Community Pride Village Safety meeting tomorrow,, Wednesday, 3-21-12, at the tribal hall, starting at 6:30 P.M.
Tim: Kick Butts Day tomorrow at NCPS.
Tonight marks the beginning of Baha’i New Year.
The Lynx v/s Alumni basketball game will be hosted at NCPS Saturday, March 24.
Wednesday, March 24th, devotionals starting at 7 P.M. at Bonnie’s house.
March 29th will be the Chose Respect March, starts at the Railroad Depot at 11AM, march to the school where they will join the community lunch in progress. A cover-dish community dinner will follow at 5:30 P.M. at the tribal hall.
March 30th we will do set-up for the Nenana Health Fair, at the Civic Center, in the afternoon. We need volunteers!
March 31st will be the Sixth Annual Nenana Health Fair starting at 9 A.M. through 1 P.M. at the Civic Center, focusing on adult health issues.
April 3, 4, 5th will be testing at NCPS; the Exit Exams will be administered. April 6th is an in-service day. April 13th and 14th will be Parent/Teacher conferences.
The Battle of the Bands will be held April 14th.
Music Fest will be held April 18-21st in Healy.
The Book Club meets third Friday of the month at 7 PM, at Nenana City Library. They are currently reading The Flounder by Gunter Grass.
The Minima’s have sent out order sheets for people interested in obtaining Pikj Your Own Produce this fall.
Rebecca: Health Fair planning meeting will be early this week to accommodate the community dinner, 5 P.M., at her house. We do have vouchers for up to ten people to obtain free blood work. Interested parties should contact Rebecca at 832-1000; there is some paperwork involved.